klik://kspread-1.5-beta is cool (as is the kword one)
Posted Feb 2, 2006 12:29 UTC (Thu) by job
In reply to: klik://kspread-1.5-beta is cool (as is the kword one)
Parent article: KOffice 1.5 beta 1 Released (KDE.News)
Forgive my ignorance, but after reading I hardly see the benefits at all.
I would have expected it to at least run the app in a chroot, if the idea
is for a way to try new software without the risk of introducing
problems. Or at least being a distro-neutral package manager targeted
towards more bleeding edge software, hopefully with at least some
security so you don't have to run untrusted binaries.
The whole point of Klik seems to be to run binaries from a
loopback-mounted archive the spare the user the unarchiving step. The
price here is 1) the software may not be the same as when you want to
install it "permanently", i.e. through your package manager, 2) you don't
get any updates for packages downloaded through Klik, 3) you have to
learn how to use yet another software, Klik, which is what you wanted to
avoid in the first place, and 4) you run untrusted binaries blindly on
Forgive me for being slightly elitist on this last point, but the install
process scares me. Running code directly from something called
klik.atekon.de strikes me as something a Windows user would do, as in
untrusted ActiveX components etc. I don't want to be ungrateful, and Klik
probably works wonders for some people, this is just not something I
would like to see my users doing.
But the URL handler interface is really nice, I'll give them that. It
will be a happy day when these ideas trickles down into package
management systems and they get as easy to use as Klik.
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