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Debian, and its shortcomings

Bob Keyes <bob at> writes:

> As I am installing debian 3.0 right now, I decided to double-check the
> statements I made earlier about its extraneous packages. With the tasks of
> conventional unix server and C/C++ , it does indeed install emacs20 and
> emacs-common, along with ispell, libfreetype6, libglib, libgtk, libpng,
> libxaw, pdksh, lpr, python, wenglish, xfree86, xlibsm abd zsh -- all
> packages that are probably quite useful but certainly not appropriate for
> the base install of a convential unix server.

A conventional server doesn't need C/C++, and I suspect most of the rest
got pulled in as a result.  But I'm no Debianite (I use Red Hat).

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