Daniel Robbins is funny.
I got into Gentoo for a while years and years ago, when he was in charge. He took a very
strong stance against orginizational misfits.. people who bitch and moan about this or that or
love to tell other people what they should be doing and do not contribute to anything.
His approach was to tell them to put out or get out. If they don't put out they get kicked
out. Very strong stance based on experiances with early distributions and how infighting
destroyed coeciveness. The vast majority of the friction comes from a minority of people who
just don't create or contribute anything but drama. It only takes one or two of these types of
people to go around unchecked that can destroy a otherwise healthy open source project.
If Gentoo kept that attitude alive it probably would be much more successfull then it is now.
> But nobody's going to take those two data points and try to extrapolate that Debian is
You forgot to add in that Gentoo lost it's non-profit status through no good reason except
pure laziness or incompetence. To the outside world it looks like nobody in charge realy gives
enough of a shit about it to keep it running.
If you combine that with the fact that there is no sign of progress and no updates to either
the OS or the website then it looks bad.
Of course looks can be deceiving. I haven't paid any attention to Gentoo once I figured out
how to live with Apt-get being rather controlling.