How can one make reasonable packages based on open source software when most open source projects simply advise you to take the latest bits on GitHub or SourceForge? We could fork the code, as GitHub encourages us to do, and then make our own releases, but that puts the release-engineering work that we would expect from the project onto us.
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The short answer is that you cannot, but if that were all I have to say, I would not have bothered to answer this letter, so let me put a lot more explanation around this.
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