FC3 sucks. It takes up too much memory!

Rodolfo J. Paiz rpaiz at simpaticus.com
Fri Feb 4 15:55:24 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-02-02 at 10:11 -0600, akonstam at trinity.edu wrote:
> But I hear from the usual unreliable sources that OpenOffice is
> written in Java. So if OpenOffice is part of Fedora it seems to me its
> a Fedora problem also. There is no question in my experience that an
> installation of everything thing in the FC3 (or even FC2)
> distribution) leads to a bloated system. And saying  XP systems after
> SP2 are also bloated does not make me feel better.

Try to avoid acting on information from reliable sources.

OpenOffice is not *part of* Fedora; it is *included with* Fedora. The
Fedora *distribution* contains a great deal of software written by other
companies, efforts, teams, or movements, and distributed together (along
with a great deal of effort at making the user experience better) simply
for your convenience. So an OpenOffice problem, if any, could affect
Fedora users, but it is NOT a "Fedora problem".

Installing everything in the distribution will give you well over 1,300
packages, if I recall correctly. The MAJORITY of those are not required
or necessary for you to have a fully-capable, multi-user, networked
operating system with a graphical user interface. That majority of
packages is made up entirely of *applications*, a category which is
conspicuously absent in Windows.

In addition to that, Fedora supplies two and sometimes more packages
that do the exact same thing so the user will have a *choice*, making an
"everything" install even less advisable unless you know why you want
it. Claiming that an "everything" install is bloated is just silly... of
COURSE it's bloated, you were never meant to install everything in the
first place!

"XP is bloated" is a remark about an operating system. "Fedora's
Workstation install is bloated" is a remark about an operating system.
"An everything install of Fedora is bloated" is a demonstration of
personal ignorance.


Rodolfo J. Paiz <rpaiz at simpaticus.com>

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