Ubuntu CTO Matt Zimmerman ponders package managers
on his blog. He is concerned that the success of the package manager approach has led to using that model for many kinds of deployments (data, embedded, client/server, and so on) that might best be solved in other ways. "No single package management framework is flexible enough to accommodate all of the needs we have today. Even more importantly, a generic solution won't account for the needs we will have tomorrow. I propose that in order to move forward, we must make it possible to solve packaging problems separately, rather than attempting to solve them all within a single system.
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