Linked by Davon Shire on Wed 23rd Feb 2005 21:51 UTC
Editorial Amazing is the recent interest in full, live, operating systems that can fit on a 50 MB CD-ROM. It's totally astounding that they can cram so much onto such a tiny disk. But wait.. let's run back to the days of old.. back to say 1988.
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the benefits are not visible to the user
by matt on Wed 23rd Feb 2005 22:47 UTC

The reasons for code bloat are typically not visible to the user. Cross platform libraries, OO programming, etc...

The scaffolding that is holding these large projects together is what is causing the bloat. You need the scaffolding because it is the work of disparate teams. There are better ways to do it, sure. But it is the develpment process and the code scaffolding required to make it work that is bloating our code.

This is even more the case in OSS because the people doing the programming are from all over the world, with different skill sets.