Installing recommends and the CD size

Scott Ritchie scott at
Mon Aug 18 16:40:38 BST 2008

Martin Pitt wrote:
> My feeling is that part of Ubuntu's success is that it is slick and
> small, not overloaded with features, quick to download, and has one
> tool for one purpose (our original design goal). I appreciate that we
> can't always follow the latter, since upstream imposes a lot of weird
> stuff on us (like forcing us to install three HTML rendering engines
> on CDs, xulrunner, gtkhtml, and now webkit, or quite a lot of
> programming languages (Mono, JRE, Python, etc), but our constant
> struggle for space forces us to stay aware of these issues, sort them
> out as soon as possible, and keeps us from building up too much cruft.
> As such, the limited CD space has its advantages, too.
> Martin

Perhaps Intrepid is not it, but there will come a time in the future
when the size of all necessary packages becomes too large, the abundance
of DVD Writers becomes sufficient, and it no longer makes sense to make
just a CD.

Will we be able to recognize when that happens?

Scott Ritchie

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