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]: Get off my lawn!
by vivainio on Tue 8th Sep 2009 15:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Get off my lawn!"
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It's not about looking nice, it's about things working when plug them in, which HAL helps with. It is about automation. I don't want to have to worry about crap not working unless i write a script, or configure something.

Right. I find it weird that people here are lumping essentials like udev to "unnecessary bloat".

Also, people forget that "fat" depedencies reduce other kind of bloat, the kind caused by duplication of functionality (which leads to buggy code). The disk space bloat is harmless, in that none of the superfluous applications are running unless you launch them (unlike the bloat caused by, say, Akonadi launching mysql server on boot).

I believe what we have here is making lots of noise of a non-problem. It's Linux, you can strip it down as much as you want.

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