It would be nice if there were a configuration option for a minimal
install that left out (and didn't bother to compile) most of the
plugins. Given enough disk space, sure, I'll install whirlpinch, but
55MB is more than I can afford on my school account.
After removing occasionally useful but mostly frivolous scripts,
patterns, and filters, and stripping the binary, the installed
footprint dropped from 55MB to 7.5MB. Yay! I might be able to keep
that installed for a while. It'd be swell if there were an option to
build and install this way without lots of manual tweaking.
Of course the hard part is deciding what should go in it. I could see
the politics for that getting ugly if people wanted their stuff to be
considered essential. Personally, I deleted every plugin except jpeg,
pnm, png, xpm, blur, and despeckle. As a side bonus, it starts up
*much* faster. :)
Thanks for making it so easy to remove features!