Real-life optimization work
Posted Nov 3, 2005 4:28 UTC (Thu) by marduk
In reply to: Real-life optimization work
Parent article: All hail the speed demons (O'Reillynet)
I too have gotten pretty tired of the whole "bloat" thing. The word has been abused so much as to have lost its meaning.
Also, why does the term "bloat" seem to be used almost exclusively for software? When automobiles are enhanced with power-everything, air bags, and keyless entry nobody calls that bloat. When the AM transister radio with mono became the 5.1 digital satellite radio system no one cries "bloat". But put something on a Linux desktop other than a clock, an xterm and a text editor and you can't blink before someone screams bloody bloat.
The thing is: I want to use more than a clock, xterm and text editor. For those that don't: that's your choice. No one's forcing you to do otherwise. For those who think that today's solutions have too much bloat: show us your own solution if you have a better one. Maybe you'll convince me and I'll make the switch as well.
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