Are there release engineers that package compiling apps into PPAs for a fee? There's a project that I'm very fond of, but they haven't updated the repos for a very long time and I am curious whether updates could be expedited via fundraising. And, if so, what such a person would typically charge.

This sounds unhealthy. What prevents this software, as long as it's really floss, from being distributed through official repos instead of PPAs, and what prevents you from packaging it?

What I mean is that no one would be a better maintainer than a person who actively use the software, even if you pay them. And there's no reason to limit packaging with untrusted PPAs.

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