Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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Normally I really like the word 'upstream'. But it has a lot of connotations and doesn't suit the tone of this essay. To define it, upstream is generally used as a collective pronoun to mean "the group of people who gives us software". They are people who fix bugs, add features and occasionally make mistakes. They have the best interests of their users and their software at heart. They are good people who always mean well and take pride in their work. Upstream is not a single group, but spread among everyone who writes software.

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