I don’t usually get involved with politics on this blog, but I’d like to clarify how I think about Daniel Robbins offer to resume leadership of Gentoo, and Gentoo’s reply.
Gentoo is a great distribution. Gentoo is now run by developers who in there spare time contribute. This usually and almost always means working on portage. The developers producing ebuilds and creating portage primarily do it to create good systems for themselves. We as users benefit from this and to this point have little complained. But users are beginning to think of themselves as the red-headed step childs of the Gentoo family – mostly left to our own to enjoy the roof over our heads. And I think we users have become sick of it.
I have been reading developer blogs and am disturbed by their writings. Some quickly criticized saying Drobbins has no right to tell developers what to do, quickly citing the past incident when Drobbins previously returned. Most others just dodged the topic of a Gentoo leader and talked about the developer gap between users.
Grant Goodyear, the only real member of the Foundation, failed to file the paperwork for the Gentoo charter as whose only real function anymore is to file this paperwork – then shooed it in his blog.
Daniel tooks Grant’s blog as a no, and probably rightly so. It’s mostly defensive and defers the discussion to a mailing list.
Now some of the Developers have responded by creating the Gentoo User Relations page. It basically states that the developers are interesting in improving user relationships… But it appears is a reactionaryresponse and not a naturally motivated one. A marking of territory of sorts!?
Gentoo is a headless oligarchy. Meaning it has NO leadership, a bunch of priests acting in forced times as Pope. The current GMN will not last, the Gentoo user relations will not last, and the same dilapidated structure of Gentoo will deteriorate Gentoo if not fixed.