Henne Vogelsang 12/07/12 12:32 PM >>>
On 07.12.2012 13:21, Raymond Wooninck wrote: If we look around us, then we see that a majority of the users of linux distributions are talking about the fact that a small group of people are making decisions for them.
Who does, decides. One of the basic principles that makes FOSS great. Why would we give that up?
Totally agreed, so which is why I think the answer here is to make it easier for that 'user majority' who have opinions to get involved in a practical sense, so they can become the ones who are doing and deciding.
From my perspective, Raymonds experience with plymouth is actually a good example of the process working properly - the proposals time in openFATE gave opportunity to gauge what everyone felt about it. The lack of uptake probably suggested apathy, but Raymond was passionate about it and engaging with the community pushed his vision forward.
When it came to the decision about making it the default, I'd argue it wasn't just Raymond and Coolo making that decision. It was clear from it's openFATE period that it was not a highly controversial change that risked alienating users. Raymond had successfully made it and had other community members working with him (lowering any risk that the package wouldn't be maintained going forward). The userbase had it's input during the openFATE period, and the community inputed by helping Raymond make it happen - Those who do, decide, and so from my perspective it was a natural decision to make Plymouth the default bootsplash
Sure, I'd like to make it easier for everyone to get involved in that process, in order to get more feedback, more opportunities for people to help, a better understanding of how a change will be accepted once it's released, but I don't think we need to abandon the idea that the ones doing the work are the ones who have the most say in the fate of their work.