What's your definition of functional? Does having ekiga/gnomemeeting constitute functional but without it it's not? Ephifany, evolution-
All fluff and never used by the average desktop user. I could list atleast 50+ more packages used by dropline that fall into that same catagory.
That is what functional means. I am posting from Epiphany right now, and gnomemeeting is infact part of gnome.
Gnome is a window manger folks. It's not a video confrencing application. It's not a mail client. It's not 4 different web browsers that all do the same thing. It's a GUI window manager plain and simple. This is the benefit of building from source verses having "200" packages shoved down your throat. Don't like epiphany? Don't build it cause it's not required. Don't want gnome-vfs linked against DBUS/HAL? Then don't do it cause it's not required.
No, it is not. Gnome is specifically NOT a windowmanager. Metacity is a windowmanager, sawfish is a windowmanager, kwim is a windowmanager, but GNOME is a desktop environment
. A desktop environment is a window manager AND a series of standard apps that work well together.
It IS, by definition, a mail client, as that is part of a "desktop environment". What you are using is Metacity + a few apps. Not gnome. Gnome is a collection
of projects designed to work together to create a seemless experience to the user.
And, gnome(dropline/freerock included) comes with ONE web browser(and ONE video player, and ONE audio player, and ONE image editor. and ONE cd burner, and follows the standard "one app for one purpose") And it's epiphany. And epiphany is lightweight at that. Hell, even slackware comes with 5 web browsers, but yet gnome comes with one. According to what you constitute as bloated, that is one bloated operating system!
Besides, ever think that we, the VAST majority of dropline/freerock, no, the vast majority of USERS period would want to use gnome-vfs linked against dbus/hal? Obviously the gnome devs think so. That's also what dropline/freerock/ubuntu/suse/debian/arch/LFS/mandrake/fedora/gentoo/freebsd/Sun think.
Clearly, we must all
And anyway, it does not matter HOW many apps come with something. An operating system can come with 50,000 apps, but it isn't necessarily any slower than the OS that comes with 4 apps. Unless you plan on running all 50,0000 of those apps at once.