RPM is not the only one
Posted Aug 23, 2006 8:24 UTC (Wed) by rsidd
In reply to: RPM is not the only one
Parent article: Who maintains RPM?
Xgalaga doesn't matter -- if there are no maintainers, let it die. Cron, makedev, etc should be part of the "base system" of any Unix-like OS, and if there is no reliable upstream version, well, you need to maintain it yourself... If Debian's version, or Red Hat's version, earns respect in being well-maintained, others can use it and it may become the "canonical" version.
The BSDs do this right, by keeping all essential Unix programs in their base system and taking full responsibility for them. And all the BSDs are much smaller projects than Debian; none of them (except Apple) are corporate entities like Red Hat. If they can do it, Linux distros can too.
You may argue that this means a "fork", as FreeBSD's cron differs from NetBSD's and so on. But in cases where there is no upstream maintainer, this is unavoidable. Where an upstream maintainer does exist (gcc, binutils, openssh) the BSDs resynchronise with the upstream source periodically, and, of course, feed their own bugfixes upstream.
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