Richard Brown composed on 2017-10-26 15:39 (UTC+0200): ...
- our number of monthly downloads of our distributions had steadily
declined, suggesting a constant apathy in the adoption of the Project's main output
- our number of downloads around each release had steadily declined,
suggesting that each release was failing more than the last at gathering significant traction with the broad "Linux of everyone" target audience the openSUSE Project had at the time
- our number of unique users of our official download repos had
steadily increased, suggesting however that we had a steady, loyal, and growing userbase
When taken on balance this mean that openSUSE could be argued to be _at best_ stagnant, or at worst in a shallow decline....
Was the competence of Zypper taken into consideration here? I can't remember the last time I did an offline upgrade - 2009 it could have been. I download GM .isos for use with installation on computers not my own, but rarely use them for anything else. Zypper is just too good to waste time in single user mode do do a distribution upgrade that is virtually indistinguishable from ordinary updating, and can readily be prevented from upgrading selected packages via Zypper's intuitive locking system.