I'm running F27, fully updated; but my query has to do with a 
phenomenon I've been noticing for years. It's probably innocuous, but I'd 
be glad of reassurance about that.

        Let me say in advance that I realize any application I launch may 
itself launch others, without telling me; and I'm fine with that. 

        I use very little of KDE; when trying to do a lean fresh install, 
I look only for Konqueror and k3b. But dnf soon begins to list dozens of 
KDE apps as upgrades. Something very similar occurs with LibreOffice: I 
install only the word processor, but dnf pulls in lots of applications I 
have no use (that I know of) for.

        Today I got a sidelight on this habit. I had somehow (certainly 
not by any conscious decision of mine) managed to install speech-
dispatcher, and tried to remove it. Dnf proposed to take away most of KDE 
along with it, including k3b and Konqueror.

        Is incruftation a word? Do I really use a couple hundred 
applications all the time, unconsciously? Do the security gurux no longer 
advise us to make lean installs?
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