[Design-team] Space for wallpapers in Fedora 16

Elad el.il at doom.co.il
Wed Jun 8 15:42:04 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at chello.at> wrote:

> Máirín Duffy wrote:
> > The Fedora design team had a meeting today for Fedora 16 planning and
> > we'd like to try for a four-wallpaper pack for Fedora 16. (We can
> > provide a slideshow XML file for GNOME, if KDE / XFCE / LXDE support
> > something like slideshows let us know and we can try to provide it).
> >
> > We wanted to provide a heads up so that you could account for the space
> > early on in the cycle if you wanted all of the wallpapers for your spin;
> > in the past when we've done a slideshow set it has caused last-minute
> > space issues: we'd very much like to avoid that.
> I'm sorry for raining on your parade again, but I really don't think this
> is
> a good idea. I'd prefer very much to use the available limited space for
> software than for wallpapers!
> The KDE spin was at 692 MiB for Fedora 15 and our plan is to add Kamoso
> (webcam application, newly released and reviewed) and at least one backup
> solution for Fedora 16. It all has to fit into 700 MiB. That means, we're
> basically already out of space. We may have to scale back our plans due to
> the usual package size growth we've been seeing at each release anyway,
> it'd
> be sad if wallpapers were the issue.
> I realize and understand that a good-looking default wallpaper is a very
> important part of the user experience. I just don't think we need 4 of them
> installed by default. Users can easily replace their wallpaper anyway. I
> think it'd be a much better idea to have one beautiful default wallpaper
> and
> focus on polishing that, also because schedules are tight (as you have
> noticed in previous release cycles).
>        Kevin Kofler
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Why don't you try to cut down on some useless software instead? a lot of
un-needed software is installed by default, eg. sendmail. you could simply
don't install sendmail by default and save 1.5MB! And I'm sure there is more
useless software you can remove to make some space for wallpapers and other
*useful* software.
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