Posted Nov 14, 2012 14:12 UTC (Wed) by dcantrell (subscriber, #75800)
Parent article: Crowding out OpenBSD
The complaint about OpenBSD not having enough developers to maintain ports is their own doing. The barrier to entry to participating in OpenBSD is pretty high and not clear. People go where they can contribute and OpenBSD makes that difficult.
Regarding open source desktop environments like GNOME becoming more and more specific to Linux...who cares? If OpenBSD in particular wants to be as close to a neighboring Linux distribution as it can, that's one thing. But complaining about that in terms of making it difficult to innovate and remain relevant is baloney. The reason I continue to buy OpenBSD releases and follow the mailing lists is because I view it as an interesting and innovative project on its own, not because they are really clever at making a primarily Linux-specific desktop work on OpenBSD. Continue to show us real innovative technologies like OpenSSH and the project will remain relevant.
Personally, I like that OpenBSD doesn't come with all of the modern Linux userland baggage by default.