Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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  • The promise: App Stores are a re-spin of the traditional distribution repository. One central location, easy search, easy install, automatic updates. Its practically the same thing.
  • The reality: They are still sorely lacking. No app store has the slightest concept of dependencies. They often aren't even dogfooded for the operating system's software. And of course anything that passes an automated scan can get into an app store. Distributions provide extensive curation that you can't get without an army of volunteers.
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