Or Is distro’s backporting of features a good thing or Distro A is much better than Distro B because of the cool features
So. Advantages when backporting features
- Your distro is part of the “cool ones” amongst the users
- Upstreams dislike you because the code might be a weird mix that they never wanted to release, but they still get the bug reports
- Error prone work for distros
- Issues with new untranslated strings
- More maintainance work for distributers
In KDE4, several distros backports loads of features (Plasma panel autohide, plasma tooltips, kwin “cube” effect and other things).
Several distros include mandriva, suse, kubuntu and fedora.
So should we in Debian follow the other distros? Should KDE change policies? Should distros stop backporting features? Something else? Sharing the patches among the distributions is of course easy.
(Please note: I’m only talking about features, not bugfixes