Maintainers Matter

The case against upstream packaging (postscript)

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Actually people have said that. I started assembling the draft of this essay three years ago. That was around the time containerizing stuff was just taking off. There were numerous articles with clickbait titles about how we wouldn't need distributions any more. And numerous people appeared to non-sarcastically support the idea. It is worth noting that Mark Shuttleworth also does not agree with clickbait headlines: "Nobody has suggested that snaps are the only way to do things going forward - don't misread headlines in the media as policy goals for me or anybody else, they are just ways to get attention to the article!" And conversely I feel the universal package technology is worth having and using. If nothing else, competition and variety are both good.

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