I wholeheartedly agree that barriers to new developers are too high. I have modified an
ebuild before, submitted patches for a couple (from memory) and am trying to create some
totally new ones. But it's really hard to get help... eg: #gentoo-dev doesnt give voice.
Two other points:
- And the whole overlays thing is really user-unfriendly.
My suggestion is that there should be a 'search overlays as
well' flag on emerge (which triggers downloading every overlay),
with flashy red warnings etc. if a user tries to install overlaid
packages. This saves USER time and hassle, which is more important
than computer time.
- Gentoo's VOIP is totally broken, asterisk is ancient, heaps of packages
are missing. I'm trying to get in to this but the people I ran in to
on IRC (#gentoo-voip) seemed defensive almost to the point of
hostility. That's fine but roll over, I'm going to just make some
ebuilds for asterisk/asterfax. Screw this 'overlay' stuff, it's
like someone's private domain.