Not logged in
Log in now
Create an account
Subscribe to LWN
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
PostgreSQL 9.3 beta: Federated databases and more
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 9, 2013
Posted May 24, 2012 19:31 UTC (Thu) by jengelh (subscriber, #33263)
Forced agglomeration is another. glibc-locale (openSUSE): ~117M. kernel: ~137M. libreoffice: ~219M, texlive: ~561M. Many of these can be combated with splitting packages. Yes, Debian gets it right (texlive is split, and locales are autogenerated in part), but unluckily, not everybody chose it.
Then, forced integration. Once upon a time, you could have a SUSE system without python (and without the then-nonexisting desktop/devel progs we take granted today). Now you need it for inkscape, llvm-clang, ibus, and whatever else. At the same time, perl use has not declined. I can already foresee that perl6 will find its way into systems without me even wanting it. Yes, Gentoo gets it right (can compile and deactivate), but unluckily, not everybody chose it.
Posted May 25, 2012 6:39 UTC (Fri) by djc (subscriber, #56880)
Still, there's a lot to be said for the granularity with which Gentoo lets you install packages and their features.
Posted May 30, 2012 12:08 UTC (Wed) by ssam (subscriber, #46587)
Posted Jun 3, 2012 6:37 UTC (Sun) by philomath (guest, #84172)
Copyright © 2013, Eklektix, Inc.
Comments and public postings are copyrighted by their creators.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds