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: Mike
by csabimano on Sun 10th Oct 2004 21:23 UTC

These are the packages that are NOT installed on my system (from your list):
libgnome-2.6.1.1
libbonoboui-2.6.0
gnome-keyring-0.2.1
GNOME Icon Theme-1.2.1
libgnomeui-2.6.1.1
GNOME Themes-2.6.1
ScrollKeeper-0.3.14
GNOME Desktop-2.6.1
libwnck-2.6.1
GNOME Panel-2.6.1
GNOME Session-2.6.1
VTE-0.11.10
GNOME Terminal-2.6.1
libgtop-2.6.0
GStreamer-0.8.1
gst-plugins-0.8.1
GNOME Applets
EEL-2.6.1
Nautilus-2.6.1
Control Center-2.6.1

So yes, it's about half the packages, and if I understand correctly, this is just a basic gnome install. And what is installed should suffice for most of the programs that need gtk/gnome libraries. So the desktop layer is not that thin as someone suggested (and if we consider not just a basic working gnome install, than my figure of 1/3 can be more or less accurate).