Also scripting languages are really pushing their own package management solutions not distro package management.
I also agree that packaging is a good thing, especially for security, but the upstreams do not seem that interested, and as you see for MoinMoin the number of distros that package it is small anyway, so the upstream will often give one set of instructions. Look at MoinMoin they don't give Debian instructions but their Ubuntu ones are here http://moinmo.in/HowTo/UbuntuQuick and it only mentions the official package install right at the end.
The worst thing about these instructions is there is no mention of security and upgrading at all. Sadly I think most of the web app world is like this, and it will get worse.
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