Posted Apr 19, 2012 12:26 UTC (Thu) by misc (subscriber, #73730)
Parent article: Whither Mandriva?
I just would like to note that will it seemed to be simple to "just set up some infrastructure" for Mageia, it was not as simple as it seemed. It took several weeks of effort just to clean and set up everything, not to mention to explain governance, deal with endless solicitation from people. And thanks to the effort of several people, it was made possible. But founding a distribution was like a full time job for a few months, for me and for many others ( and a voluntary one ), and that's still a ongoing task.
Forking a existing distribution can be simple as long as you rebase and do not do much change. Being fully separate is much more difficult. That's like starting from scratch, except that you have lots of pressure to change nothing and fix everything at the same time, and be at the same level of polish as the forked product in almost no time.