This is why it is great to have small boxes like the AR150.
I'm no developer, i really consider myself to be an mixed CLI/GUI end user, So i also wait for that first release before i do more serious things with it. I think I will never be a developer.
I also think that there is a void between the end users and the developers. If i had to give it a name i would call it the configuration void.
Once there is a stable release then the end users can do stuff with configurations. It would be nice to have something going in that section. Where the focus is a bit more on the end user and a bit less on the developer stuff. Many endusers have great ideas but don't have dev skills.
I'm curious what will happen once that gap starts to close.
Ubuntu became the bridge in that gap for Debian somehow.
Not sure what i'm saying now, just an observation, there is probably more to it. Evolution will bridge all gaps eventually. Should we help evolution? Can we? What has to be done? And who can/will do it?
What can end users with no dev skills do to bridge that gap. What skills do they have? how do we know?
Im sure there are bloggers, vloggers, hackers, tinkerers, who can make tutorials etc. As an addition to the wiki. We have this ecosystem of users, and how can we mix the users into this soup of the evolution?
Without expecting them to become developers.
Is there a platform within the community for these people? Or even outside of the community that still can be a benefit for the community? What do we have what do we need, what lies inbetween that has overlap? and hoe can we close those little gaps. So that the DEV's have their freedom to think on the outer side of the inside of the box. And that the end users can do their thing on the inner outside of the box and gain some more insight of the inner workings of the box.
I more and more like the penguin in the box logo. The LID is off the box, everyone can look inside. but for an end user it is not always easy to make sense of what's cooking on the inside.
The skillset of the enduser can be very different, builders, housewives, teenagers, you name it they ALL use routers for MANY hours each day. And they simply cant become devs, maybe some can, but this world still needs farmers cooks painters etc. So i don't think the devs can expect from the endusers to get involved, some will some won't. As long as we are inviting enough and never ever push them away then some may become interested and discover the world on the inside of the box.
So It would be for instance an idea to make a forum section for the void. Don't narrow it down to anything but make a pond, feed the curiosity, and lead slowly teach people little details on the end user level. Think GUI users, who have absolutely no networking experience. And then 'hope' that they start to help to document the GUI, and make videos, write cool blogs how to NOT use a router. The more they write about LEDE the more LEDE awareness in general and the less that remains unknown.
It all benefits.
But there has to be a platform for that part of the community to live on and evolve into system.