Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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  • The promise: Many embarrassing bugs will be avoided, because ISVs are smarter and more experienced than maintainers.
  • The reality: Oh boy the stories I could tell about the things I've seen. But out of courtesy, I won't name names. Needless to say they are as dumb and human as we maintainers are. If you want, think of maintainers as outside consultants who will find the craziest thing an organization is doing. Except we don't charge $200/hour for what amounts to best-practice common sense.
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