Ahem, cough, cough… “hideously slow” eh? Hmm. And what degree of slowness is it that which we’re currently experiencing?
Surely there is a reason why we don’t have the disk image yet. Whether it’s excessive workload for the volunteer packager, disinterest, or if it’s a technical issue, I think that it’s prudent to not immediately and vehemently discount suggestions for improvement. Can we not begin with some very detailed instructions so that the source files can be compiled into a dmg? Conceivably, this could result in a plethora of Mac compilers who could do the grunt work if this is the defining issue. Yeah, yeah, it could also result in a complete mess since individual’s systems are, for the most part, unique and that problems will almost inevitably arise. However, I think that it’s reasonable to assume that after initial hand-holding and corrections, the “apprentices” can take the workload off of our current rather “quiet” volunteer.
If relinquishing some of the magic isn’t palatable to the Coding Overlords, fine. Just please help us to help ourselves so that we won’t have to bother or offend you. We’ll then use our local hacked compilations for our own use.