Not just desktops; too many libraries as well

Walter Dnes waltdnes-SLHPyeZ9y/tg9hUCZPvPmw at
Wed Nov 16 22:19:34 UTC 2005

On Tue, Nov 15, 2005 at 10:59:54PM -0500, Evan Leibovitch wrote

> I interpret (and support) Ted's plea as wanting the FOSS desktop to be a
> collaboration of diverse input rather than a bunch of gratuitous and
> generally redundant wheel re-inventions.
> FOSS proponents dismiss such POVs at their risk.

  It's not just the desktop environments.  It's all those damn
re-implementations of perl.  Perl is bad enough in its bloat.  But you
also get PHP and Python and Ruby and gtk and TCL and and Bonobo and
Glade andwho-knows-what-else.  Then there's Sun, just as eager to ram
Java down everyone's throats as MS is eager to ram Windows down
everyone's throats.  Is there any reason on earth why a stinkin
*SPREADSHEET* or *WORD PROCESSOR* requires a Java Virtual Machine???

  Thanks to every app having a different dependancy, when you install
half-a-dozen apps, you've probably installed 4 honking big libraries, in
addition to the apps.  I installed my first linux on a beat up old 120
mhz Pentium Pro machine with 32 megs of RAM and a 2 gig harddrive, and
had room left over to play with data.  Today, my *OS PARTITION* occupies
approx 2 gigs.  That's with the Gentoo distfiles deleted, and only 1
kernel in /usr/src.

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