[HPA:rPath] On *ROCKSTAR*'s and the Attraction of the rPath Business Model

by M. David Peterson

So here I am inside of #conary confessing my guilt in regards to having built 4 5 6 completely unusable rPath EC2 images yet having no way to delete them (and therefore costing rPath storage fees to keep the images hosted on S3) when Tybstar brings to my attention that the fact that because it is so mind numbingly inexpensive to store data on S3, at present time the feature to enable the ability to delete an EC2 image from S3 is a lower priority because the cost of storing data on S3 means that there are higher priority features that take its place. (Update: Thus is the nature of effective project management: A constant balancing act of prioritizing feature development.)

Of course there are those of you who are now going to claim that S3 just stole your job to which my response would be: "No, S3 didn't just steal your job. *YOU* just need to open a book and learn a more attractive set of hacking skills!" But, as usual, I digress...

To make a long story that much more painfully longer... The conversation led to me suggesting that because rPath was so bleeding edge it must be difficult to find folks who have the ability to pick up the ball and run with it w/o requirement of six months of training (thus is the world of technology... If it didn't change, there would be no such thing ;-), which led to Tybstar suggesting that at the moment they've been pretty lucky, which led to me suggesting that, given the attractive business model and overall coolness factor of rPath, this made sense, which led to this little golden nugget of (apparently) exclusive info...