Posted Nov 21, 2003 1:20 UTC (Fri) by mmealman
Parent article: The Success of Gentoo
I think a big part of Gentoo's growth has been because of the user community.
To communicate with other users you have mailing lists, irc just like everyone else AND the web forums. I have no idea why other major distributions haven't rallied around web forums. I can't count how many times a quick search through the Gentoo forum archive of posts has turned up an answer to any question I might have.
I'd love to see other distributions spend as much time building their community as they do working on the distribution. Fedora could easily take off just as well as Gentoo has if they had a decent system of communication in place for their users.
Mailing lists and IRC alone just don't cut it anymore. You need a casual place to shoot the breeze with other users, post screen shots and generate anticipation and excitement about your distribution.
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