from the begone-patch-&&-make! dept.
Gerardo Santana Gómez Garrido has been working on
for the masses as one of his projects. As noted on the website, "there
are special cases where the administrators don't have the resources" to
download the source code and recompile. As such, binary patches may suit
their needs as an alternative method for keeping systems up with software fixes. Special cases pop up, though, for libraries (ie
and staticially linked binaries that use them or API changes.
This project is highly experimental and shouldn't be applied to production
systems without heavy testing for your environment. However, if it works
for your needs it promises to be quite useful as another option for
keeping up to date.