Is 30MB bloatware?
The other day, a friend passed along some uncomplimentary feedback about my word-counting program for Windows, Count Anything.
The fact that some people don't like the program doesn't bother me — there are many word-counting programs out there, some of which are also free. I wrote mine because I had a few specific needs with my word counts, and if some other people can find it useful, I'm satisfied.
But one part of the criticism did catch my eye:
… and for what it does I think it's a prime example of bloatware (over 32MB as opposed to under 250KB for some of the others mentioned below).
Is 30 MB or so really a burdensome size? The installer itself is just under 9 MB, and I had thought that with today's disk sizes, most people wouldn't bat an eyelash at 30 MB.
I could release a source-code version for people for whom 30 MB is too large. I don't have anything against releasing the source; it just hasn't seemed worth the effort, since until now nobody has mentioned a desire to have it.