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Re: concensus on removing TeX and Emacs from standard



On Fri, Dec 31, 1999 at 07:22:08PM +0200, Andrei D. Caraman wrote:
> Is it a reasonable expectation to find TeX installed on a
> router?  What about emacs on the same routing machine (which
> only has 140M of harddisk space?

What about the following? I wouldn't expect you to need any of these
on a router either:
	procmail
	gcc, g++, cpp
	gdb
	libc6-dev
	flex, bison
	mtools
	manpages-dev
	dpkg-dev
	debian-policy
	bin86
	ispell, iamerican, wenglish, ibritish
	gpm

There's probably a whole bunch of documentation you could do without too.

But so what? `Standard' doesn't mean `Exactly right for every situation
you might ever encounter', nor does it mean `You have to have all this
installed or the thought police will come around and smack you'. It means
`Has a little of everything, and enough to get everyone started'. It means
`*Everything* you'd expect to find on a (not-particularly customised)
GNU/Linux system'.

`It's too hard to press `_' in dselect' and `But typing "apt-get remove
<foo>" hurts my fingers' isn't a particularly convincing argument,
however.

Cheers,
aj

-- 
Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
I don't speak for anyone save myself. GPG encrypted mail preferred.

 ``The thing is: trying to be too generic is EVIL. It's stupid, it 
        results in slower code, and it results in more bugs.''
                                        -- Linus Torvalds

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