[Rule] Is Gnome/KDE the greatest bloat?

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sat Sep 29 05:00:42 EEST 2007

On 28/09/2007, C David Rigby <c.david.rigby at gmail.com> wrote:
> Debian is rather minimal, but the standard installer's minimum base system
> is still a rather complete "unix-like" system. This is fine with me, but
> perhaps a single user, desktop system could do without some of the programs
> that are considered necessary for a multi-user *nix. Could it do without the
> mail server, for instance? The Debian base system checks in at just under
> 500 MB installed, and that is without X.org and various X-dependent desktop
> apps. By doing a base installation, then adding X.org (deselecting the "all
> drivers" option and including only the graphics and input drivers I actually
> have) and then adding icewm and firefox, I get a system that is around 700
> MB installed, IIRC.
> I understand your point about the kernel. "Resource constrained" overlaps
> quite a bit with "old" but it is inevitable that we eventually lose support
> from the kernel for older hardware. Kernel 2.4.xx is still maintained,
> though (see www.kernel.org - the current stable version is,
> released 23 Sept 2007). So, somebody must still be using it.

I am bemused. Do you try to teach many grandmothers to suck eggs?

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