Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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  • The promise: By cutting out the maintainer middle-man, security fixes can be pushed out to users faster.
  • The reality: Often maintainers are faster, particularly with anything using shared libraries. A distro can update a shared library once and all software is now safe, without needing to rebuild every piece of software using it. Most of the sandboxes do not share libraries and so you are waiting on the slowest ISV to rebuild their software. If they ever do. ISVs are notorious for using ancient libraries with extensive out-of-tree patches and never migrating the patches forward.
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