F8 is getting *really* sysadmin-hostile

Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Thu Nov 15 18:30:05 UTC 2007

Christopher Stone (chris.stone at gmail.com) said: 
> So I guess we need a pidgin-NM or something so pidgin can be installed
> without NetworkManager.  I'm sure that there are hundreds of cases
> like this in Fedora, and probably the #1 gripe among Fedora users
> right now.  Modifying every package to split out every optional
> component is a lot of work, but should be done.  I think an effort to
> do this is key towards making Fedora a base distribution for all other
> distributions.  The idea that you should install all optional
> components for every package you install is good on paper but not in
> practice, especially for making spins and custom distros.

Why? It's a 100k library dependency, and it doesn't actually *start*
NM to have the dependency. At what point do you ask for pidgin-ssl?


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