Posted Jun 25, 2007 7:23 UTC (Mon) by flewellyn
In reply to: Minimizing packages
Parent article: Counting vulnerabilities
I remember this nonsense from the days when I ran Red Hat Linux, back before Fedora and RHEL.
I would try to install packages like KDE updates, and naturally they would require print
drivers...even though I had no printer. Or, when I wanted to use a GTK package, sometimes the
package in question would ask for GNOME...but I didn't USE GNOME at all! SuSE and other RPM-
based distros seem to have the same issue. I would have hoped they'd have it fixed by now.
DPKG-based distros seem better at allowing you to select "required" versus "recommended"
packages, but even there you have the issue of "Do I really need this, or is it just satisfying a
dependency for a feature I'll never use?"
Gentoo and other source-based distros, to me, seem to have the best solution: build only with
what you actually need, and disable features you don't need to use. Thus, excess packages get
pruned from the dependency tree and you end up with less clutter (and, not incidentally, fewer
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