There are similar posts from last year, so I don’t know if I add a post to a closed topic or start a new one?
I’m seeing a discussion about bloat on a minimal install KDE of 900 packages. My setup is Gnome with btrfs snapshots and I have 1221 packages and don’t even have Libre Office on it yet. I see the hard disk is using just 4% so I’m not concerned with storage, but I do wonder about all these updates to programs I am not even using, or know about.
I don’t think there is any way to answer that. The common definition of bloat seems to be anything that specific individual doesn’t want on their system.
Since that is entirely a matter of personal preference, there is no objective way to say if you currently have too much or too little. One person’s bloat is another person’s essential package. Further, the number of packages doesn’t really matter all that much. What matters is that there aren’t extra packages you don’t want and nobody can answer that for you.
So…96% of your space is free? That seems pretty OK unless it is some enormous enterprise array.
Remove packages you don’t want installed.
The goal shouldn’t be to have as few packages as possible. The goal should be to not have packages lying around you don’t want/need.
I have seen people go so far as to install software, use it and then remove it each time they need it to reduce “bloat”. I think this is complete pointlessness.
1956 packages here
It’s all relative! I like to use my machine to the max. So I install everything I need and never worry about what is bloat and what is not.
But even with this number of packages I would say there’s no bloat on my system.
bloat discourse reminds me a lot of overclocking/benchmarking. there is this point where it just becomes about seeing a number rather than what you’re actually trying to accomplish with your machine. forget about the number and focus on what you need/want and what you dont. that’s it, otherwise who cares?