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Regarding the curated set of packages something interesting happened in
the Haskell world. Haskell packages are stored in Hackage but there is
no way to know which packages play nicely with the others. So, after
getting tired of facing failing builds, a private company[1] started
something called Stackage[2]. The packages in Stackage are grouped in
releases which are frozen and known to work. They also wrote a tool[3]
to start and build projects in an easier way based off those releases.

Anyone that wants it bad enough, just like FP Complete did, can start to
curate sets of Lua packages for each Lua interpreter version, and even
automate the process of starting new Lua projects based off these sets.
Something in this vein comes up every few years in the Lua mailing list,
and yet nothing ever happens. So nobody wants it bad enough.