On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 09:42:28PM +0100, Michael Meskes wrote: > > > And why wouldn't we offer said upstream version instead of the > > > unsupported older one? > > > > In some cases this might require changing literally thousands of > > packages in stable. > > > > Imagine said upstream version requires the latest Node.js. > > > > Various other packages in stable won't work with the latest Node.js > > and will also require upgrading. > > > > In the Node.js ecosystem it is par for the course when upgrading > > a package breaks countless reverse dependencies. > > Right, and that's why we were talking about stuff like flatpak that > bring the application with its dependencies, more or less like a > container.
That's a better solution for such cases than shipping the software in Debian. And it's distribution-agnostic, meaning it can be provided once by upstream for all distributions instead of duplicating work in every Linux distribution. > Michael cu Adrian -- "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days. "Only a promise," Lao Er said. Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed