During the summit at Pycon, we have said that it would be a better strategy not to include within Distutils os-specific tools for various reasons (and also to remove existing ones) :
- it's better for them to have their own release cycles - it's hard for me, as distutils maintainer, to maintain and make evolve os-specific tools. People that are specialists on those OS will do a better job.
Now the problems to reach that goal are:
- some people are reluctant not to have everything included in the stdlib (I am not). I don't think we can all agree on this, and since Guido have encouraged this strategy during the summit, I guess I'm more inclined to follow it nevertheless.
- we need to detect for each existing command (rpm, etc) a project that can take over, prior to remove it from Distutils when appliable .
Now, for debian, since it's not included in distutils, the question is : what is the most used/advanced project ? sdteb ?