I think the issue is defining 'bloat'. Most of the features that the unnamed priestess of Delphi has are also features that the various people running it have wanted if for no other reason than all the business case rules that require them to be audited. Now for ye-old hacker in the basement.. those are things that aren't needed ro wanted. Its going to be in the end up to the ye-old hackers to dive in and fix/remove the bloat to see if it can be regained. My guess though is that for mainstream Linux it will mostly be there for some time.