Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
If I look at this from my POV as the upstream maintainer of a
application wishing to make it widely available to users of many distros.
The question is whether it is beneficial for me to join Fedora packaging
world to package my app, or whether to package it standalone as a flatpak
and never get involved in Fedora at all.
With the proposed F27 rule here, I would have less work todo if I just
built my app as a flatpak, as I can avoid creating RPMs and just build
a single flatpak that should work on all distros. IOW by mandating
continued creation of RPMs, alongside flatpaks, we would be discouraging
people from becoming Fedora maintainers.
From a user standpoint, what's the difference? What's the benefit from
having upstream deliver their software Flatpak-only under the Fedora
umbrella? It may as well come directly from upstream at that point. The
whole point of delivering software under the Fedora umbrella is to deliver
it as RPMs. If there is no RPM, delivering through Fedora is completely