Even if I don’t share the observer’s disappointment about Haiku, I can see a way in which the recent focus on the packaging system can limit the user’s experience. I am thinking on end users here, not exactly developers.
I know that there is still support for non-packaged applications which complements the packaging system. I have used it yesterday to install one application I got from GitHub. So, it is possible, at least in theory, for an Haiku user, to live in offline mode. But now some activities like compiling applications or obtaining most of them require access to the Internet. I understand why, and I love HaikuDepot and pkgman.
However, having gone myself through the experience of being unable to install applications on an old MacBook which had no WiFi support, in that moment I missed the good old BeBits website, which if it still existed today could offer an alternative source of software for these situations.
The thing is: we are relying almost exclusively on app stores and package managers and clouds, even in the open source world. But no server lasts forever, and having an alternative way of getting packages (or sets of packages, like LibreOffice, Krita, Paladin, Koder, or even updates) could be useful both as a way to preserve software history and to make it easier to install on computers that for some reason may have limited access to the internet.