On 3/29/22 21:03, Martin Wilck wrote:
On Tue, 2022-03-29 at 12:26 +1030, Simon Lees wrote:
It is worth pointing out though that its very much in SUSE's interest for openSUSE to continue functioning to the point of creating a couple of distros because they use that as the foundation of some of there projects. To that they commit to meeting what they see as the core needs of openSUSE to keep it running.
This means that SUSE needs to put some basic building blocks in place. Otherwise this foundation is going to crumble sooner or later. A decent tool for searching and installing software is one of the basic building blocks of a Linux distribution, IMHO. Especially because independent upstream 3rd party projects usually just target Ubuntu and Fedora, and because the standard GUI tool (GNOME software / KDE discover) is at most a 2nd-class citizen on our distro.
SUSE (as a company) can't just simply sit down and say "Hey community, write a nice Web UI for openSUSE". It may happen, but it might as well not - community members are entitled to decide that other projects are more insteresting for investing their spare time. If it doesn't happen, the non-availability of such a tool will be a competitive disadvantage in the eyes of quite a few users.
But they do that as equal volunteers with everyone in the community for the most part.
And this is the problem, it doesn't work this way. At least not for software.o.o, quite obviously. Fixing s.o.o wouldn't be a billion- dolloar project, assigning some company resources for it would be a good investment.
Well in this case it is really up to the project to convince SUSE of that, because likely at the level of management that can do something about it (ie allocate resources) no one is aware.
The correct way for the community to do such a thing would be via the board. I am no longer on the board but they have fortnightly meetings and i'm sure they would welcome an agenda item on the topic and possibly after that a detailed business case that could be presented to SUSE. Of course they may not say yes but it never hurts to ask nicely.