The problem with Gentoo
Gentoo is a relatively technical Linux distribution. It was also the first distro (though I did play with PuppyLinux before) that I used. Compared to most geeks I am rather illiterate. My technical background lies in the internet and as a result I treat the desktop world much like an average joe.
Before we all assume that therefore I’m not the target market, I’d like to say that I see Gentoo as a distribution that should allow me to easily use my computer whilst keeping configuration as flexible as possible. Of course with customisation we often get a tradeoff in usability, but nevertheless there are a couple areas where this tradeoff shouldn’t occur:
Things like sound, internet, webcam, wireless, and suspend/hibernate should work out of the box. Tweak it later if you want, but it should work first. Please don’t just say it’s the kernel developers problem.
2) Updated documentation
Gentoo being a rolling release I find that howtos and online content get out of date, fast. Third party writers should have responsibility over their own work, but most importantly a centralised resource must be created. I propose that a quality team be notified automatically at regular intervals for each page to check that the data is still valid.
3) better communication between developers and users.
By this I am suggesting that at regular intervals an average-joe understandable summary be written about what has progressed. Lists of new ebuilds and eliminated bugs are good, but we need more qualitative than quantitative information. This not only helps joe keep up to date, but helps foster the Gentoo community.
I hope I put my points forward as constructively as possible. If it turns out that I’m actually completely ignorant of an existing solution, perhaps we should ask ourselves “why is he ignorant?”