[aur-general] [community] repository cleanup

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Tue Nov 16 13:25:34 CET 2010

On 16/11/10 22:06, Heiko Baums wrote:
> Am Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:54:23 +1000
> schrieb Allan McRae<allan at archlinux.org>:
>> It is true as long as the developers say it is true.  Just because I
>> tell GM their car is an aeroplane does not mean they will start
>> flying.
> Wrong.

Really, cars will start flying if we just tell the manufactures it is 
so?  Because I have been waiting for that for a long time...

> It is true as soon as a distro becomes more and more popular.
> And this is the case for Arch Linux. As long as a distro is unknown and
> only used by a few people, mainly its developers, this distro may only
> be from the devs for the devs. But as soon as it is mentioned together
> with and equivalent to the other big distros and gets more popular this
> is not true anymore independent from what a single developer says.

But what actually makes you think that you can expect anything from the 
distro apart from whatever the developers decide?  Just because people 
use the distribution does not mean their opinions count for anything. 
In fact, the opinions of >99% of the users of this distro do not count 
for anything because they contribute nothing towards the distribution.

Now, if someone wants to pay me and others to develop the distro, then 
their opinions will count.  Otherwise, I am "working" for free and so I 
am king of what I decide to do.

> Otherwise you should write a big note on the homepage and/or the
> download page that this distro is free but not meant to be used for the
> public. "Feel free to use it but don't expect anything. This distro is
> only meant to be used by us developers." Or something like this. Maybe
> a bit exaggerated.

Slightly exaggerated.  But perhaps we do need that to keep people from 
forming such unfounded ideas about their opinions counting towards 
anything around here.


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