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OSNews: The Fast-Food Syndrome: The Linux Platform is Getting Fat

Jun 10, 2004, 23:30 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Marr)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Consider these memory requirements for Fedora Core 2, as specified by Red Hat: Minimum for graphical: 192MB and Recommended for graphical: 256MB Does that sound any alarm bells with you? 192MB minimum? I've been running Linux for five years (and am a huge supporter), and have plenty of experience with Windows, Mac OS X and others. And those numbers are shocking--severely so. No other general-purpose OS in existence has such high requirements. Linux is getting very fat.

"I appreciate that there are other distros; however, this is symptomatic of what's happening to Linux in general. The other mainstream desktop distros are equally demanding (even if not as much as Fedora, for example Arch Linux or Slackware run Gnome on 128 MB, but not very comfortably when you load 2-3 apps at the same time), desktops and apps are bloating beyond control, and it's starting to put Linux in a troublesome situation. Allow me to elaborate..."

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