Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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  • The promise: Make an App Store and a million devs will appear to fill it with software.
  • The reality: Smartphones had a large user base before they had any apps. Get the users first and the devs will follow. Thinking an app store will bring in more developers is cargo cult logic at its finest. It will however bring in a wave of opportunistic software that was previously barred from Linux. There are entire frameworks designs to wrap an Android or iOS application with malware, integrating ads or analytics with a single click. That simply wouldn't make it past a maintainer.
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