Re: Bye Bye GIMP!
I use Gimp, however the average user doesn't. Given that it will continue to be available to everyone, dropping it from the default will free up space on the cd. Keeping the distro to a cd in size will help force the devs to keep streamlining the os. If the default distro was allowed to grow to a dvd size, the chance for bloating would increase.
The framework limiting the distro to a cd has worked in the past to keep Ubuntu to a minimum hardware requirements that most computers can handle - even low powered older machines.
HP g72t icore3 with intel graphics and broadcom 4313 wireless running 13.04unity, Ubuntu GNOME updated to 13.10 and a 13.10 unity. Plus using older desktop machine running 12.04 Lubuntu with nvidia geforce mx400.