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[4]: Comment by cjst
by cjst on Tue 8th Sep 2009 17:46 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by cjst"
cjst
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2009-03-30

What you say is true. The only thing is, it shouldn't be that way because that's how inferior software become dominant. Think BeOS compared to Windows.

The behavior of competitors doing what you describe amounts to nothing other than swindling and some measures should be taken against that.

Besides, we do have time, there's still a few years left before planet earth is inhabitable ;)

Edited 2009-09-08 17:52 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by cjst
by darknexus on Tue 8th Sep 2009 18:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by cjst"
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2008-07-15

What you say is true. The only thing is, it shouldn't be that way because that's how inferior software become dominant. Think BeOS compared to Windows.

The behavior of competitors doing what you describe amounts to nothing other than swindling and some measures should be taken against that.


That's called "competition" and it's far from swindling. If you don't do what the customer wants and another company does, charges a fortune for it, but the customer believes it's worth it, then it's not swindling. The customer willingly paid for service rendered by them that you did not provide. That's called competition, and it's one of the things that keeps the market going. Next time, if you don't want to get undercut, do what the customer asks.

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RE[6]: Comment by cjst
by cjst on Tue 8th Sep 2009 18:26 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by cjst"
cjst Member since:
2009-03-30


That's called "competition" and it's far from swindling. If you don't do what the customer wants and another company does, charges a fortune for it, but the customer believes it's worth it, then it's not swindling. The customer willingly paid for service rendered by them that you did not provide. That's called competition, and it's one of the things that keeps the market going. Next time, if you don't want to get undercut, do what the customer asks.


The important word here is "believes". Belief is not fact. If you induce someone into believing something that is false then I call it a swindle.

Software that takes more RAM/CPU cycles/HD space than required is bad software.

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