Developer-driven software distribution is a bad idea, which is why I dislike things like Flatpak.

Having distro maintainers involved in the process and installing your software from a free software distribution like Debian or FreeBSD is a much better distribution of power. The packages can be tuned to suit their environment without the developer having to repackage it for every distro, and the distro maintainers can keep out anti-features like telemetry and advertising.

The middleman may seem annoying to developers, but embrace the model and it'll work for you. Landing packages in your favorite distro isn't actually that hard, and the rest of the distros will follow. If you're an end-user who wants to see some software available for your distro, look into packaging and volunteer - it's easy.

@sir as a Ruby app developer, it seems odd to me that I would find Ruby gems in the Fedora package manager. As a Ruby gem maintainer, I wouldn't want to burden distro maintainers every time I release a new version.

Do distro package managers even have features like version pinning? Seems like the repos are stuck with the major version that was out when the distro was released, and in a fast-moving world like web app development, you'd be hamstrung to old gem or npm versions.

@Paul this comment betrays a lot of ignorance, and I don't have the time to address it all, so I'll just clarify that basically all of your assumptions here are wrong


@sir fully aware of my ignorance, just remarking that relying on my package manager is so far out of my experience as a web developer (and every fellow dev at every place I've ever worked since 2000), I find it surprising that it's even an option. Every 5 years or so when I look into it, it seems completely untenable, all the "happy path" tooling would have to be discarded and something new written. Doesn't help that 99% off Ruby/JS devs use MacOS...

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