When I restored an old dump of my home directory I happened to find this treasure.
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 20:16:26 -0700 (MST)
From: Theo de Raadt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: CVS: xxx.yyyy.zz: src
Module name: src
Changes by: email@example.com 2007/02/16 20:16:26
To squeeze new stuff onto onto the very full boot floppies, occasionally
some drivers for ancient devices must die. To modify one of my favorite
quotes into this particular context:
The total amount of suffering per year [on a boot floppy] is beyond
all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to
compose this sentence, [a few device drivers] are being [deleted],
many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others
are being slowly devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands
of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst and disease. It must be
so. If there is ever a time of [sufficient space], this very fact will
automatically lead to an increase in [driver] population until the
natural state of starvation and misery is restored.
- cribbed from Richard Dawkins "God's Utility Function",
Scientific American, November 1995
Of course, these drivers remain on the CD boot media, so there is a
solution for the truly desperate legacy addicts.