Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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Let's say your distro wants to attract developers. Suse's method has been to set up a comprehensive build service. Now the ISV doesn't have to maintain a distro-specific toolchain, the distro will do that for them. And if it builds on the build server, the distro promises that it'll run across their operating system. And Suse should be commended for supporting several distros beyond their own. Of course these services are not cheap. In exchange for hosting the service, the distribution retains their ability to curate. If an ISV acts in bad faith and refuses to meet the distro's standards, then the distro can de-list their packages. Suddenly the ISV needs to spin up a tool chain and hope that people will google them instead of using the integrated search and proceed to "sideload" their software.

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