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 counter argument: fedora strips out patent-encumbered codecs from audacious, leading to an MP3 player which until very recently didn't play MP3s on fedora without jumping through additional hoops.
@martijnbraam @sir @kaniini

> the MP3 technology became patent-free in the United States on 16 April 2017 [ . . . ]‌ As a result, many free and open-source software projects, such as the Fedora operating system, have decided to start shipping MP3 support by default

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Lice…
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