Hi. The question is intended/destined to Silverblue group? or the whole community? because this is a closed group focused on Silverblue; we should change the name to “Fedora Silverblue discussion”; I am sorry but it is the reality … I will try not to mix several disagreements and avoid mistreat them.
Well; I will to be objective; Fragmentation destroys; We are guinea pigs; or are we users?
The efforts could be exploited in a “Rolling Release” model; to reduce resources and improves the product. LTS is a good idea, but not the panacea; Fedora will support outdated packages? then modularity is a good option, hand in hand with COPR. Similar to the distribution of a popular philanthropist.
The point is; Is useful maintain various versions of a package? it is a waste of time even for maintainers … therefore a “Rolling Release” is a way to avoids fragmentation and waste of time. People wants install a cloud version, well, install “dnf install group cloud” The people want to experiment as Silverblue, well, install “dnf group install silverblue”; easy no?
For me; flatpaks, with all due respect, I am not a follower of it. Filling my PC with the same software, software with errors not existing in rpm packages … I do not find it useful… But everyone is free to choose their destiny.
Other. the kernel release model should change; maintain an LTS model. When I detect a kernel update; I sweat like a dog in a Chinese restaurant, because my “broadcom dkms” driver could fail; like my nvidia video card in my job. I hope someone does not jump, but Manjaro has a good option to choose the desired kernel and maintain a compatibility rhythm… Returning to the main point, Rolling Release is a model that even makes Google successful.