Why a different distribution mechanism
Posted Sep 23, 2011 0:06 UTC (Fri) by nix
In reply to: Why a different distribution mechanism
Parent article: Managing GNOME shell extensions
The second reason is that extensions are not working with a stable API, so have very specific version requirements that don't really fit into the normal assumptions packaging systems make. If a packaged extension says it works with GNOME Shell 3.2 only and not with GNOME Shell 3.4, then that will likely break the user's attempt to upgrade to the next version of their distribution. We'd rather just disable the extension and let the user find a new version when it becomes available.
Note that FF has the same behaviour, and it's why I have stopped using Firefox. "Upgrade! Lots of new stuff, oh, and security fixes!" <click> "Oops, looks like half your extensions don't work anymore. Oh, you were relying on them? Sorry!"
--- pardon me, that was inaccurate. It doesn't say "sorry".
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