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]: Get off my lawn!
by Remiks on Tue 8th Sep 2009 21:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Get off my lawn!"
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Ok... suddenly this discussion went from GNOME to something broader... But just for the sake of the argument:
As I stated before, I'm not a power user, nor a noob... But I'm all in favor of automation. I've been using GNU/Linux for almost 4 years (with an ocassional jump to windows (something I'm ashamed of)), starting with Slackware (great learning experience) and then running Mandriva, Fedora, SuSE, Ubuntu... What's the point of this ridiculous resumé? Well: slackware is really a great distro, similar to any BSD... but in order to get things working, you needed to get your hands dirty... I was learning a lot, so I don't complain, but now, all I want is my OS working, and the tweaking to be an option for me... I said in a previous reply, I use Linux Mint (derived from Ubuntu and all its auto-crap) and, believe me, I have not found any trouble at all with all its automation, even considering that I use the command line for a lot of things regarding configuration...
Not everything needs to be auto... But that's a choice the end-user has to be able to make... For some users, the really experienced ones, doing things manually is the way to go, for others, automation is the right thing. That is the greatest thing about GNU/Linux, or Free Software/Open Source in general: you can choose what better suits you, not being forced to accept things just because someone consider it is better for you.

Edited 2009-09-08 21:33 UTC

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