This week’s turd goes to Ubuntu whose bleeding edge development version (the “Gutsy Gibbon”) contains a version of GNU coreutils from over a year old. C’mon guys! You don’t have to follow upstream minute-by-minute, but running one year and a major version number behind (5.97 vs. 6.9) is just ridiculous. My beef? The pre-6 releases do not contain the “base64” utility which I really need for some KVM related stuff.
Oh, and a fart in the direction of Fedora, which still ships zsh-4.2. Admitted, 4.3 is “unstable” but it’s running fine on most other distros (see Ubuntu? Some things do get synced with upstream), and at least the Unicode stuff is fixed.