"I too, have been thinking about the state of package managers, mostly because I'm irritated that rpm format has been changed in a way that is not backwards compatible. I have some ideas of my own about how a new system would best be implemented. I think that it's worth reflecting on the words of Andrew S. Tanenbaum: The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. The system I have in mind has a few guidelines so far:"
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