Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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  1. Learn the packaging tools. Your distro has made all of these available and well documented. Start by simply re-building the official packages, then customizing the official packages, building/customizing unofficial packages, and finally making new packages for software not in the distro.
  2. Share your new packages. Possibly your custom ones too.
  3. Actively work to improve your distro as much as you can. Write and submit patches, mostly. Fix bugs, both distro and upstream. Create tools that make the other points on this list easier/faster/safer.
  4. After doing this for a few years, you will either want to become a maintainer (and people will want you to become one) or you will have decided it just isn't the distro for you.
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