On Tue, 29 Mar 2022, at 11:35, Richard Brown wrote:
On Tue, 2022-03-29 at 12:33 +0200, 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.
Why should SUSE consider this as a basic building block? No other distribution has an equivalent to software.opensuse.org. SUSE can't be pointed at Ubuntu or Fedora and be told to spend money where those projects suceed without it.
Ubuntu has: https://packages.ubuntu.com/ & https://launchpad.net/ Fedora has: https://packages.fedoraproject.org/ & https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/
openSUSE has the nice advantage that OBS is working for both official repos AND community repos (excluding Packman), as such software-o-o works for all public repos.