I didn't say anything because I knew rworkman is a member of this forum
. I did find something offensive in the LQ thread,
it should make a list with the offending SW derivatives, and not make accusations without names. I didn't feel VL was being attacked in that thread because VL, for good or not, is not a SW re-branding, maybe some of our friends did. VL 6.0 deployment started the day after SW 12.1 was released iirc, and 34 alphas were produced since then. It doesn't look just as a SW re-branding to me.
The topic "are the forks in general a good or a bad thing" is useless, a good fork is good, and a bad fork is bad. I know it
sounds stupid, we call this "a tautology", but the point is that we can't say anything about the merit of forks in general.
Even more: the sole fact of trying to make something good has some merit, even when the goal is never reached. Therefore, is
possible a "bad fork" with some merit
About contributing to mainstream, VL is gpl'd, so Patrick can take whatever he likes, if he wants to.
PS: as a complicated guy, I always feel that my English is not good enough when the topic is also complicated. I offer my
usual, ritual, apologies.
PS2: @rworkman, I liked your KDE4 packages