I'm upstream for pptp, pptpd, and a few other things.
A few years ago, the PPTP project support load came mainly from users who were using
distribution packages and not the raw source. Often they would have an old version, or a
version changed from what I had released.
We weren't being told about changes made by distribution developers.
So pressing was this for me that at one linux.conf.au, after Mark Shuttleworth spoke of his
time in orbit, I went up to him and insisted that Ubuntu at least show people what they
change. patches.ubuntu is presumably the result.
But still, it's a rare distribution developer who will engage with their upstream on trivial
issues that can be easily patched during packaging.
So what I do is hunt around the distributions looking for interesting patches, with my goal to
make the patches useless for the next version ... by merging them where possible. Upstream
developers who don't bother with this are kinda missing the point, in my opinion. Those users
still matter, even if they are hidden behind a DD.
I wish there was a clear list of places to hunt for these patches!