Dropping Gimp from the live cd

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 14:18:51 UTC 2009

On Wed, Aug 05, 2009 at 10:12:55AM -0400, Gerald Henriksen wrote:
> On Wed, 5 Aug 2009 09:53:00 -0400 (EDT), you wrote:
> >
> >
> >On Wed, 5 Aug 2009, Nicu Buculei wrote:
> >
> >>>> applications on them.
> >>> 
> >>> But we didn't remove the useful application: firefox is still in :-)
> >>
> >> So i take the target audience of this spin is people using applications in 
> >> the "cloud" (web services)?
> >>
> >
> >How about anyone who uses the internet?
> >firefox and a terminal  w/ssh gives me access to:
> >
> >1. my email
> >2. all the news in the world
> >3. a system for developing on
> >4. the necessary tools for adding new things to my system
> >5. all the documentation I could ever want
> >
> >that sounds pretty encompassing to me.
> But are you, or for that matter anyone else on these lists who already
> use Fedora, the target of the live cd?
> If, as mentioned in the original question regarding target audience,
> the point of the live cd is something to hand out to people new to
> Fedora to show them what Fedora/Linux offers then removing things like
> Gimp may be the wrong thing to do.
> The Fedora download page says this about the live cd:
> "This is the latest version of the Fedora Linux operating system
> featuring the GNOME desktop. It's everything you need to try out
> Fedora—and if you like it, install it right from the desktop!"
> This to me means things like Gimp should stay on the live cd, because
> it is one of the features of Fedora/Linux that people may want to try
> out.

I could substitute quite a lot of random applications for "Gimp" above
and that argument would be the same -- which probably means it's not a
very strong one.  The Desktop Live CD has sufficient applications for
someone to browse the web; retrieve, read, and send email; create
business documents; and view and organize media.  And it has support
for searching and later installing additional software.

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