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Old 02-19-2016, 03:08 AM   #1
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Who controls updates


With anybody and everybody being able to modify Linux distros, who controls what is updated and how?
Is there a central governing body or organisation or what?






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Old 02-19-2016, 03:42 AM   #2
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With anybody and everybody being able to modify Linux distros, who controls what is updated and how?
Is there a central governing body or organisation or what?
Depends on the distribution, its ancestors and : YES.
 
Old 02-19-2016, 03:59 AM   #3
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This happens via package managers like yum or apt.

When in the CLI you type sudo apt-get install xxx, you ask your package manager apt to search for and install program xxx in known repositories.

These repositories are maintained by developers.
 
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If you use a Linux distribution, the distribution controls what goes in to the release and the availability of updates. If you go down the full DIY route (eg LFS), then you control it.

If you choose to use the Distro's update arrangements - which you should - then the Distro chooses what goes in to the repos and you choose to install both the programs initially and the updates.

As far as the Linux kernel is concerned, it is developed by Linus and a group of co-conspirators. Someone (ie, you or the distros staff) has to select which kernel and which configuration options to use by default. Is this central control? Well, in practice, it has many of the features of central control for that Distro, but you could choose almost anything you can think of, it would just be quite difficult to go away from the 'defaults' for Linux (and the testing required), although some distros make it easier than others to, eg, choose alternative kernels, if that floats your boat.
 
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This happens via package managers like yum or apt.

When in the CLI you type sudo apt-get install xxx, you ask your package manager apt to search for and install program xxx in known repositories.
The software which enables updates is not the subject of the OP's enquiry.

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These repositories are maintained by developers.
Not necessarily. They are maintained by “maintainers”, while the decision “which goes where”, is taken differently and by different people and/or organizations depending on the distribution.

Best is to imagine the people behind the distribution like a company (it is in case of Ubuntu), an association or people just interested in making their own choices. They do not give up their right to the developers of any software. They might initiate modifications to a software before they accept it but basically, they choose software and decide about what needs to be updated, when. This group may be huge or tiny, it may include companies or parts of a company, dedicated to the task or nothing like that.

Depends on the distribution
 
Old 02-19-2016, 07:01 AM   #6
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The software which enables updates is not the subject of the OP's enquiry.
I'd regard it as part of the "and how", which to seems to me like part of the OP's enquiry
 
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the maintanier controls updates, if it is ok'ed by him he or she will allow it to be added to the over all code, before it is allowed to the open to everyone repo.

This control maybe more then one person that has the say that the updates that someone else made to the code are in fact an update that betters the code, as in bug fixes or performance to the app, memmory leaks etc...

now who has say if it makes it into a repo of a disro is another enity all together.

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