Today I would like to share a small tidbit with all the users of APT distros out there. One of the reasons Bodhi Linux is so light weight and snappy is because when I install all the base packages for Bodhi I install them with the minimal amount of extra dependencies.
For whatever reason a good deal of Debian packagers like to tack on a whole slew of “optional” dependencies to the packages they create. By default apt-get installs all of these extra dependencies on your computer. If you are like me and don’t want all the extra bloat it is as simple as running apt-get with on extra argument:
Originally Posted on Thoughts on Technology.