Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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Could ISVs possibly make everyone happy? They can't. It is impossible. What happens when two groups of users expect different things from the same software? To give an example, imagine an ultralight distribution like Puppy. They want the software as slim as possible. Recompile as i386, it'll save 5%. Chop out the built-in-help, we'll use the website. Get rid of the autosave-every-0.1-seconds, it'll wear out the flash drives. Now imagine an Ubuntu user. They want every bell and whistle enabled. In fact, could you add integration for our new notification and desktop search services? And then imagine the paranoid LFS user. They don't trust any binary package and insist on getting full sources, reviewing them and building them From Scratch.

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