Here's the summary that people seem to be missing these days:

"There are a number of folk in the Linux ecosystem pushing for a small core of tightly coupled components to make the core of a modern linux distro. The idea is that this “core distro” can evolve in sync with the kernel, and generally move fast. This is both good for the overall platform and very hard to implement for the “universal” distros."

I touched on this a week or so when I did the FoodFight podcast interview, but I don't think that people really understand what is happening here, and why it is happening.

Given the recent flames on the Gentoo mailing lists about how "horrible" it is that someone could even consider using an initrd to boot a system that has a separate /usr partition, and the weird movements by some Gentoo developers to deny that there really is a problem at all that is being solved by this type of work, I seriously wonder how much longer a "general" distribution such as Gentoo or Debian can keep up the charade of trying to provide all options for all users.

I just don't think it can be done well, sorry, which is why I strongly recommend tightly-coupled distros for desktops for anyone (like Fedora or openSUSE or Ubuntu), and Debian or Gentoo only for servers or embedded systems where you know exactly what you are putting together, and why you are doing it that way.

And yes, I too buy into this tightly-coupled-components idea, and have for years based on the work I have done in this area. I think you will find anyone who has worked in this area to agree with it, it's only those who are either higher up or lower down the stack that seem to object.

Many thanks to the ever-thoughtful Hack-the-Planet blog for the link:
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