when i was eleven, i went to a summer camp in new hampshire. one day, two other boys and i spent over an hour building a little village out of popsicle sticks and a variety of other materials. it turned out to be quite elaborate, with huts, a lookout tower and even a fence that went all around the village. it only took us five minutes to blow it up into little tiny pieces (a cherry bomb took out the tower in one blast - that was sharp!).
some people like to have tons of crap on their machines and i've certainly gone through my own phases of using synaptic package manager like a buffet menu, but most of the time, i prefer the lean approach. i'm sure a lot of you feel the same way. while i suppose i could now do the 'server install' approach to minimalism, i think it is in my nature to use the 'seek&destroy' method for trimming it down. i just did a clean install a few days ago and went nuts adding tons of junk (every kind of media player, billions of different window managers, etc.. ok, so i was just going through another phase... ). i'm now down to kde-core, openbox and as few apps as i need. so, which are you? someone who likes to start with a seed and nurture it until it blossoms into your very own creation? or, someone who likes to blow it tf up? for the latter, what are some of your favorite things to dump?