Tooling for a new decade
What is DDS?
DDS is a new build, test, and packaging tool for native C and C++ libraries and applications, with a focus on simplicity, speed, and integratability.
What makes DDS different?
Convention over configuration.

Traditional build tools have been built to cede all control to their users. While this may sound appealing, it leads to rampant ecosystem fragmentation that impedes the ability for us to compose our libraries and tools.

DDS's approach is to trade this flexibility for something sorely lacking in the C and C++ build and distribution ecosystem: Simplicity.
Does DDS replace [XYZ] build tool?
While DDS is a build tool, it is not meant as a full replacement for all use cases of other build tools (e.g. CMake and Meson).

For many use cases, DDS will serve as a possible replacement for more flexible build systems, especially when the build itself is far simpler than is warranted by the flexibility offered by those tools.

Additionally, DDS is built to augment other build tools. The output from DDS can be fed into other build and packaging systems.
Does DDS replace [XYZ] packaging tool?
Yes and no.

DDS supports dependency resolution, procurement, and building, much like many other tools, but has a few important differences of opinion. Refer to the documentation for more information.
Is DDS "production ready"?
At the time of writing, DDS is still in its alpha stages, is missing several end-goal features, and will have several breaking changes before its first "1.0" release.

Even then, DDS is ready to be used for experiments, hobby projects, and in any place that doesn't require stability.
Is DDS free?
Yes! DDS and its source code are available free of charge.
Is DDS open source?

The main DDS codebase is licensed under the Mozilla Public License Version 2.0, although it is built upon many components variously licensed as MIT, BSD, Boost, and public domain.
What platforms are supported?
DDS is built, tested, distributed, and supported on Windows, macOS, Linux, and FreeBSD.

The Microsoft Visual C++, GNU GCC, LLVM/Clang, and AppleClang compilers are all supported.
Is DDS centralized?
No / "not yet"

DDS's package procurement is in very early stages, and there is no centralized repository of packages available for download.

DDS maintains a local catalog database that contain instructions it can use to obtain packages from the internet. At the moment, this involves cloning a Git repository, but there are plans to support catalog updates and source distributions delivered over HTTP(S) in the future. This includes the ability to host private package repositories.