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#1 2012-11-09 00:05:23

#! Die Hard
Registered: 2009-10-01
Posts: 1,020

iso size growth

I started with #! 9.04 - thinking of that reminds me of two things:
1) time flies
2) this distro is great, cause I use it since then nonstop..

however,  I remember 9.04 came with a ton of programs like thunderbird, rhythmbox, audacity and tons of small cli apps. now it is 2012 and we have a very cool basic choice of smaller applications and at the same time have an iso size that wont fit on a cd anymore.

just wondering: why does a system take more space over time? is it code? drivers&codecs?  - Would be interested in your insight & knowledge, since I am everything but a programmer...

Last edited by saneks (2012-11-09 00:09:15)

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#2 2012-11-09 02:37:45

#! CrunchBanger
From: Paragould AR USA
Registered: 2010-05-01
Posts: 219

Re: iso size growth

Quite the discussion on the subject here:

Somewhere in that thread corenominal explains why the #! image is now as large as it is.


#3 2012-11-09 04:56:26

#! Constellation
From: Japan
Registered: 2011-04-09
Posts: 967

Re: iso size growth

I saw a great video presentation from a Linux conference somewhere that discussed a detailed survey of software bloat.  I believe their conclusion was that the primary cause is: "features".

I'd love to find that link again.


#4 2012-11-09 06:52:22

#! unstable
From: China
Registered: 2009-07-02
Posts: 6,826

Re: iso size growth

I would say that GIMP is driving up the space notably, and also the Faenza icon set. Then there is the compression (I don't know what compressing #! uses, but xz is the one I use and it really makes a big difference compared to gz) and generally with GTK3 we have a bunch of new libraries coming in (it's not super-much but yes, there is a difference in size)

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