Posted Mar 31, 2005 9:57 UTC (Thu) by khim
Parent article: Autopackage 1.0
Autopackage is something like an InstallShield application for Linux users.
Exactly. It's blob of untrusted software to be run with root permissions. Do we really need this ?
In Windows world there are changes to go away from installers like this (MSI packages) - not very efficient and somewhat clumsy, but anyway... So why will we need to introduce such abomination in Linux ?
Think about it: autopackage is tool where installation if "this oh so very cool rainbow calculator" can very well insert troyans in your coreutils package and later (when autopackage will be well-integrated in rpm/deb package systems) it'll be even easy to conceal changes in checksums. Is this really a step forward ? Gosh.
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