Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good Christmas ^.^
As a long time lurker and user of OpenMandriva, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved in this project. It has served me well, and given me much enjoyment.
However…I feel it is now time to discuss something that has been weighing on me for a while.
As I’m sure you all know, OpenMandriva has seen better days. It’s a far cry from how it used to be, and It is clear that the community is dwindling, with support of the distro…Well…Stagnating. And it looks like that’s not going to change any time soon. :\
Taking this into consideration, I feel the best possible course of action we can take, is to merge with the highly successful Mageia project. They still retain their Mandrake roots the same as us, but are able to deliver a more polished experience, fix bugs, and develop new features faster than we can ever hope to achieve.
If you really think about it, continuing OpenMandriva is more an effort in duplication than anything else. What exactly is the killer feature compared to competition?..I can’t think of anything.
Now you could say “But we can eventually fix OpenMandriva, and make it better!”, and I would simply ask: Why?
I could understand continuing OpenMandriva if there was simply nothing else like it, but that is not the case, as Mageia and OpenMandriva share the same goals and vision!
It just doesn’t make sense to try and beat Mageia, when we could instead be helping them.
“Are you seriously suggesting we abandon all of the years of work we’ve put into OpenMandriva?!”
…Yes, I am.
OpenMandriva had a good run, but all good things come to an end. And this could be the start of a new beginning of a unified, kickass team! Mageia and OpenMandriva devs working side-by-side…With a combined team, the Devs productivity would skyrocket, which in turn would make Mageia even better, which would mean we the users would get the best distro ever!
As far as I can see, it’s a win-win scenario for everyone involved, and could be the start of something beautiful, similar to how LXDE and Razor-QT joined forces, giving us the superb LXQt DE.
Well…That’s all just my 0.02¢ anyway…Thanks for reading, and have a great day. ^.^