Took me a while to understand I am not going to create any decent distribution for now.
Wrote about it here
Comments and ideas here or there are welcome !
I think it's really important to make a point:
Drupal Distribution != Hosting on drupal.org
Hosting gets you:
* Software distribution & user metrics
* Support tools (issue tracker, docs, etc)
* Discovery by users (catalog & search on d.o) "marketing".
It should be no surprise - you can get all these things elsewhere.
I write a custom drupal distribution too (shameless plug: Open Fitness API). I used existing tools on bitbucket (use github if you like), I host my own website (using Drupal, natch) so I can control SEO, Google Analytics, control theming of my forums and blog. I made an announcement here and point people to my website.
In the past month I had +300 visits. How many came from d.o?
drupal.org is great for certain kinds of distributions. But don't be afraid to just pop up your own website for your distribution. Hosting packages are so cheap now.
True, hosting it myself could be a proper solution.
Since in any case I will get a demo site showing the distribution, it is not a problem to actually host the distribution itself.
Still, my goal was to be in the "mainstream", on d.o., and in this I failed.
From past experience as a Ubercart user/developer (developed some contrib modules to it), any version tracking, issue tracking and any other community interaction done outside of d.o. on the "external" ubercart site wasn't a good experience for me.
Why should I have additional "identity" on the distribution-related site ?
Why should I try to get into an additional environment ?
This was what I tried to avoid.
Yup. It's disappointing. But as I understand, some issues are not tech but rather licensing & procedural decisions, right? So in a way it's not "fixable" - ever.
In my case, I'm doing the opposite. Customers come to me for an open source content solution. The fact that it is Drupal under the covers is secondary. I sell my feature set first, then the expansion & customization thru Drupal is further down the list.
Even Android came around to Apple's model for app distribution. :)
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