But about Nginx build, I have performed test and compiled nginx with my bash script in less than 5 minutes on a 5$ droplet from digital ocean.
I did not mean to underestimate your work but compiling software for own machine is easy, compared to deploying it on many unknown hosting providers environment.
Most hosting companies load OS image from LAN which often has the different package set to start with. Hence to maintain a project for a large community, keeping binary versions is better. It reduces down “installation failure” issues a lot.
Besides, installing binaries are much faster than compilation on each setup.
It’s surprising that docker as a baseline is much more predictable than distros! The “it just works” aspect of docker is in line with “easy first” principle. In fact, we are expecting almost zero issues during installation. If a user can run docker container, they will be good to go!
Anyway, if enough people are interested in taking over EE v3, we can facilitate few things to maintain it for a long time.
From the other side of the fence, I can only guarantee that EE v3 won’t accidentally update to EE v4.