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 One of the major features of Flatpak is using container technology to make sure no matter the distro, the package is running in the same environment as the developer's machine, so there is no need to "tune for the environment."
For the anti-feature point, if you have problems with the source, you should fork it, not pretend you are distributing the app while in reality you are distributing something else.

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@cagatayy spoken like a dev who's annoyed that distros hold them accountable

@sir spoken like a person who does not have a real answer
Seriously, I don't maintain any apps. Even if your reply was in good faith, it is incorrect.
Second, it was clear in my first reply: just fork it. It will "hold me accountable." Who is not accountable is the maintainer who changes the code while not changing the brand. The one who should be accountable for the resulting errors is the maintainer but often the user does not know because the downstream is using the upstream's brand.

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