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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Re: Bloat.
by Szasz on Thu 24th Feb 2005 00:46 UTC

"They have a mental map of the filesystem, the daemons that init will start, the libs and their dependencies, the modules that the kernel will load and the location of any local application repositorys. As the distro ages, however, and programs are installed and removed, it picks up cruft and complexity, and that mental map begins to disintegrate. The computer's filesystem becomes too complex to grasp.

Now, some people really don't care about this. Others identify their mental map of the computer with their own mental state, and it's slow disintegration upsets them deeply. The only cure is a purging of bloat, a reinstall, and the warm feeling of being 'in control' of the computer will return. "

Good points, it's just that some of them think that Linux is only for uber-geeks. They don't realize some people have better things to do than spending their time studying computer manuals, don't have a degree in CS, etc.