I was nodding the whole time I read that.
I honestly try not to speculate on Phil's "vision" for Manjaro. But it's getting very hard not to make some basic assumptions and interestingly enough, from what I've read, Canonical is one of the companies that can't seem to get that when you don't communicate things or do it badly, leaving the users to make assumptions, it does not go well. (wow, that's a lot of commas)
I'm hardly a Dev. Heck, I barely know shell stuff being just a "newbie" myself. Still learning.
But a saner approach to this mess would be:
Octopi. Leave it out of release ISOs. If someone wants it, let them get it from the repos.
- Since there's a real focus on varies flavors of
pamacfocus on that. Make it awesome.
- Leave Pacman alone.
Pick a GUI for Snaps and flatpaks. Quite faffing around with so many. eq. put focus into
Fpakmanand forget about Gnome/Discover-snap. Leave them in the repos but leave them out of the releases.
Granted, I know nothing about packaging a release. Perhaps there's some technical issue doing that but the source code is right there to hack on.