[Pkg-xfce-devel] Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Fri Aug 8 09:10:50 UTC 2014

Quoting Gunnar Wolf (2014-08-08 05:34:29)
>> One of the reasons put forward for switching to Xfce was size on the 
>> installation images; could you (and/or debian-cd) address this?
>> Specifically: 1) Would you want the default CD/DVD image to use a 
>> GNOME even if GNOME was unable to fit on a single image? 2) Would the 
>> GNOME team consider a less-complete DE for cases where image size is 
>> a restriction?
> ...And I'd like us to consider this point as well: How important are 
> CD images nowadays? Who has a CD that cannot read a DVD? Will they be 
> able to use on said machine a modern desktop environment as 
> resource-demanding as, say, i3 or fvwm?

The issue here really is "how big is it?" rather than "hos many disks 
[of which kind] does it fit onto?".

"unable to fit on a single image" is not only about use of said storage 
devices for installation, but also an indication more generally of how 
much data needs to be transfered on average for a usable installation.

Quite a few places in the World have poor and/or expensive internet 
access.  Larger default desktop will hurt the most in developing 
countries: non-techies gets discourages to use Debian at all, or when 
using it may apply security fixes less often.

 - Jonas

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