Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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As a side note, switching to a rolling distribution was the most common suggestion. While on average this means you get new software earlier it does have its own headaches. (The "update my entire OS" complaint.) I suspect the best solution for release-based OSes is for semi-official 3rd party repositories. These would be run by actual OS maintainers (not random folk in a user repo) and simply offer more recent versions of in-demand pieces of software. Obviously they would not be held to the same reliability standards as the rest of the release, but they should have the same level of safety and trustworthiness. I would not be surprised if many of these already exist but are not well publicized.

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