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Posted Jul 17, 2012 9:24 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
There is no way that you can expect a OS to bundle everything that everybody would possibly want run on it. Extensibility is important and users lack the knowledge, time, and drive to port and compile the software they want to use themselves.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 19:40 UTC (Tue) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
Is there some way the distros and the upstreams can meet halfway? Source code could be distributed in a standard source package format, which as well as the usual configure script contains metadata about what files are built, what libraries are required and so on. This in turn can generate source packages for rpm, dpkg, Gentoo and so on using translator tools maintained by each distro. This would not be appropriate for core packages, which usually have a lot of distro-specific hacking, but for the long tail of applications and libraries it could bridge the gap between 'distro must package all possible programs' and 'upstream muat package for all possible distros'.
Posted Jul 20, 2012 10:57 UTC (Fri) by misc (subscriber, #73730)
A solution would be to take in account ressources as a whole, ie, you cannot upload a package unless there is enough people to take care for QA and updates.
But such view are far from being popular IMHO ( and most users do not care, like most do not care about sustainability ).
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