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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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by cjst on Tue 8th Sep 2009 12:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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To me the solution is less abstraction, less portability cruft, and less operating system agnosticism: a Linux userland which is native to Linux. Fast, lean and mean...

I don't care about running the Kraken Desktop Environment on Windows/MacOS X/whatever. And most people don't either. Most people don't care about multi-booting OSes. They just want one OS that fits all their needs. Currently all OSes just aren't good enough in the desktop department.

I don't use GNOME, KDE, Windows, MacOS X for this reason. I don't mind that they exist, but the world deserves something better than that.

Desktop app development on Linux? No way. I don't want to have to learn 10,000 ways to do the same thing. I want a consistent API.

To sum up things desktop-wise:

Windows: bloated, insecure

GNU/Linux: bloated, a rat's nest

*BSD: less bloated, and less a rat's nest than Linux, but the kernel is not as advanced as Linux, and it's server oriented.

MacOS X: bloated

/me goes back to look at Haiku

Edited 2009-09-08 12:47 UTC

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