Fellow manjaro users,
As you may have heard, our long time contributor and friend Jonathon is no longer part of the Manjaro team. He has been a great asset to the team and over the seven years has done much for packaging, communication with the Arch team and especially for this community. He will be missed.
The inciting incident for the conflict eventually leading to this was a hardware purchase for one of the team members, but the disagreement was not caused because the purchase was inappropriate. Everyone involved was mostly on the same page about how the money should be spent. The actual disagreements were about the process of allocating the funds.
Philip was concerned that the way funding requests were being processed would discourage team members from adequately expressing their funding needs, and Jonathon was concerned that Phil's overlapping roles within the company and the community would create potential for conflict of interest. This disagreement culminated in Jonathon announcing that he was stepping down as the administration of donations. The initiative for this came from him, but the way it was enacted left him feeling kicked out, which led him to publicly announce his side of the story while the events were still unfolding. The initial announcement originally contained some subjective language which he since redacted to match the events more objectively. He advocated for sharper distinction between the company and the community.
Jonathon's departure was due to personal differences within the team and his diverging vision on how the Manjaro community’s relationship with Manjaro company should be organized. Because of his methods of highlighting his views, his position within the team became untenable.
We want to be clear, there has not been any financial misuse of the donation funds. We are committed to ensuring that this will remain so. We are in the process of addressing the concerns that were raised and are putting a new process in place for the approval of funding requests.
We wish Jonathon all the best in his future endeavors.