Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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Let's say you're an ISV and you want your software in a distro. You could learn how to make and release packages, but it is much less effort to cooperate with the distro and find a maintainer who will champion your software. And keep in mind this is a purely social solution to a supposedly technical problem. Supporting a dozen distros doesn't require learning a dozen build systems, just making a dozen friends at different distros. Note they don't even have to be an actual maintainer - any trustworthy person familiar with a distribution can do this job. Admittedly if you're an ISV who does proprietary software you are going to need some really good friends.

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