Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Sep 2009 22:38 UTC, submitted by EvilWells
Debian and its clones Developer Frans Pop, author of debtree, posted an article showing the evolution in size of the GNOME desktop environment in recent Debian releases. The picture he paints isn't particularly pretty: the default GNOME install has increased drastically in size over the years.
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I put in Gnome for other people, take out the top menu bar, give them all the app icons they need in the bottom one, along with four virtual desktop icons, show them how to use virtual desktops and the icons, and they seem very happy and in no time have all their files that they regularly use all over their desktops.

Well, its how they work normally, their own physical desks have all kinds of stuff all over it in no particular order except how they happen to have got used to it.

Me, at the moment I'm using fluxbox with some kind of olive green backdrop, nothing on the desktop at all, right click to launch the apps from a modified menu, and its very calming and uncluttered. I'm thinking about flwm...

One size don't fit all, is the answer.

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