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The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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  • The promise: ISVs releasing packages means less duplicated work between distros.
  • The reality: Distros exist because users can't agree on how exactly we want software. A universal package will not be good enough for some percentage of them. The actual act of packaging is the fastest part. The slowest part (fixing bugs that upstream hasn't) is shared between distributions because all of our patches are public.
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