Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 10th Oct 2004 05:47 UTC, submitted by Andrew
Slackware, Slax This is a message from Patrick Volkerding in regards to his thoughts on Gnome and Slackware. It was originally posted on the Dropline Gnome Forum. Editor's note: Pat has made similar comments to me as well regarding Gnome's bugs and maintainance problems.
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Re: Anil Wang
by csabimano on Sun 10th Oct 2004 20:36 UTC

The GNOME desktop is a small part of the GNOME libraries and with each new version, the desktop layer is becoming smaller and smaller. Because of this you wouldn't be reducing the bug reports dramatically -- you'd just be removing a couple of configuration utilities and a few applications.

Compare this list:

http://www.gnome.org/start/2.8/notes/rninstallation.html

With what pkg_info gave me (installed gtk/gnome related packages), and you'll see that there is a huge difference. What I needed for a GNOMEless, but fully functional (read: including mplayer-gtk-esound, GIMP2, etc.) desktop has 1/3 (well, this is a wild guess, you can count it if you wish to) of the packages needed for a gnome install. Maintaining 1/3 of the packages vs all the packages needed for a full gnome install does make a difference, even more than the numbers would suggest.