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In addition to all of the container work we do, we also still maintain a distribution and do a tonne of upstream work. While people seem to have forgotten about the purpose of distributions with the whole container thing, they still provide a few things:

* Continued upstream development of core system software.

* A host system that is stable and up-to-date (which you need to run your container manager).

* Container images which have up-to-date software, timely security patches, and reasonable security policies.

Distributions are the only members of the ecosystem which actually solve these problems in any meaningful way. It's a shame that we seem to be boring (or even vestigial) at this point despite all of this new software still requiring our work in order to actually run.




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