Package management 

I'd love to have a historical analysis of package management:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_

Even something as simple as number of active package management solutions over time. This would give us an idea of the rate of growth of package management solutions.

I'm beginning to think there's too many conflicting goals with regards to package management. Some vendors want direct access to customers. Customers want to be safe from slime balls. Many want to be in the middle for a cut.

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Package management 

The apparent complexity of the package management space is likely just a reflection of the inherit complexity of software development itself combined with conflicting goals of various actors. I suspect there's not an optimal technical solution to this problem.

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