Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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  • The promise: A common packaging effort will improve the quality of software on Linux, because packaging for every distro is too hard.
  • The reality: Handwriting is too hard. I have created a solution, the "keyboard". Now people will no longer write dumb things because the hard part is solved. Making packaging "easy" will not improve the quality. Just like how legible writing has no relation on writing intelligently, the mechanics of packaging has no relation on the quality of software. Write good software, release sources, and every distro will package it for you.
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