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Re: What can Debian do to provide complex applications to its users?

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



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       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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