That is what I am thinking too. At first I couldn't see the reason for bundling some applications together that aren't related in terms of what they do (ie. K3B disc burining software with the DjVu utilities- which are scanning-related tools) Remove one of these and you remove all sorts of other apps.
Then I studied the dependencies a little and realized the the devs likely bundled these things together because of common dependency issues which could make problems if I were to install these apps one by one, which could lead to conflicting versions of various libs.
Same with some other bundles: to get Kate text editor, it comes with other utils.
I am finding Pardus very fast and stable and maybe its this approach of bundling applications (which is different than any other distro I've tried) that makes it so.