In drobbins' post today, http://blog.funtoo.org/2008/02/refocus.html,
he offers the following advice:
If a project doesn't meet your needs, I encourage you to create your own
project. If you do, I recommend keeping the development team small,
tight-knit and independent. I think this will maximize your productivity
as well as your overall enjoyment of collaborative and open development.
Is that the future for Gentoo? It's already happening to some extent.
The next generation of the (in)famous Gentoo init system is now
an independent project (http://roy.marples.name/openrc). Paludis
(http://paludis.pioto.org/) and pkgcore (http://www.pkgcore.org/trac/pkgcore)
are independent package managers designed to work with Gentoo's
portage tree. Drobbins independently releases x86 and amd64
stage tarballs (http://www.funtoo.org/linux/). Anybody who
wants to can create their own overlay repository such as those
Internally, though, Gentoo works pretty much the same way. Take
a look at
sometime. Most Gentoo developers spend their time toiling
on a handful of specific projects. Yet that specialization inside
Gentoo seems to contribute to the feeling that Gentoo lacks any
sort of coherent direction. Would things really be that different
if those projects were independent, external projects?
I've no idea. Thoughts / comments welcome.