Ubuntu disks are reaching capacity

I’ve been chatting in the sounder and ubuntu-devel-discuss mailing lists and something most Ubuntu users might not realize is that the Ubuntu ‘Desktop’ disks are packed almost to their limits. There is talk of removing the last remaining ‘WinFOSS’ (Firefox, Thunderbird and Abiword for Windows), but even that will only free up about 15 MB.

Other tricks will free up space here and there, but eventually the 700 MB limit for CDs will be reached. So how should Ubuntu proceed? I have made a suggestion based on a simple observation regarding consumer computers: