Hi Parth, I've just translated your article "The Evolution of the Internet from a geek’s paradise to a consumer ecosystem" to Spanish (coming in the next Joomla Magazine edition).
Re-reading your article, I think that your diagnose is sound.
However, I don't agree on the need of distributions. Firstly, a distribution is a solution for a business-specific need. For instance, a distribution for wine cellars. Who is an expert or a product manager for wine cellars? We can be experts in certain fields, but none of us (in our community) has the expertise to define a distribution for wine cellars. Secondly, to have a successful distribution for wine cellars, a different system than a CMS could be required.
I've been thinking on the same reasoning than you follow, but I arrived to the conclusion that we only have to be better on what we do and there is no need to change what we fundamentally do "a CMS for system integrators and developers/consultants".
In the past, there was a big pull from a market of early Internet users and we shared the space with WordPress (there wasn't much else to choose from).
Now, we have to define our focus with laser precision into the needs of system integrators and developers/consultants. I have had the pleasure to talk with you and I think we have a similar view to make Joomla growth into a hub of content to support websites, mobile apps and Internet of Things.
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From a historical point of view, in computing, we can testify how character representation has evolved. Since the basic binary encoding of 0s and 1s, each bit has added more expressiveness. Today, Joomla 3.5 is here to introduce the current gold standard, full 4-byte Unicode (Utf8mb4).
Source: The Joomla! Community Magazine™ Issue 2016 April > Administrators, English: Joomla 3.5: from 8-bit ASCII to full Unicode http://magazine.joomla.org/issues/issue-apr-2016/item/3001-joomla-3-5-from-8-bit-ascii-to-full-unicode
This day in history could be remembered as the evening when Joomla 3.5 was released... until now, it is going to be remembered as the day I rocketed to 6,007 points answering questions in http://joomla.stackexchange.com/!!!
It's fair to say that I'am not alone on this quest. In fact, I'm 4th in the user ranking. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are assigned to (my nemesis):
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