Would the devs currently building releases consider providing a source snapshot on occasion?
(The Tomato USB wiki has some stale info suggesting source snapshots are available.)
I recently had a need to reverse engineer some code, and was disappointed to find that I couldn't download a subset of the project from git. It's all or nothing. (git limitation.) Downloading 1/2 GB of files stands in the way as a barrier between a new user and doing any hacking on the code.
Of course in order to contribute back you still need to get past this barrier, which makes me wonder if the repository could be trimmed down to make that easier, but that's a separate issue. Getting source into someones hands is the more important step. (To start with they can always send diffs to an existing dev.)
I see in another thread someone suggested switching the project to github. Looks like github will generate tarballs on the fly:
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