Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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Why say ISV? Why does this word matter? "Upstream" is used both collectively for FOSS as a whole and singularly when talking about a single project. This re-use of the word is a small flaw as it suggests all software developers are fundamentally the same. This is not the case: some have very different values. Being "upstream" also has an implicit social contract attached to it. The "I", for independent, is to remind us that this is not always the case. And the "V" is for vendor, a reminder that sometimes these are businesses who consider profitability to overrule all other considerations.

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