Sandboxed file access
Posted Sep 5, 2012 1:33 UTC (Wed) by geofft
In reply to: Sandboxed file access
Parent article: Ubuntu's new app developer upload process proposal
My understanding of this initiative is that it's specifically targetting free-software applications. The spec claims that the usual app review process for commercial software (whether gratis or not) is working fine, but the app review process for free software isn't scaling.
"... if the developer is selling their software, they are reasonably well catered: the consumer apps team will take care of them delivering their apps into Ubuntu. For Free Software developers ... they must do more work themselves. The Application Review Board (ARB) are there to review these apps but the ARB, as a team of volunteers, is not able to scale with increases in the queue ...."
In particular, this seems to mean that commercial software will be manually reviewed, not subject to this sort of sandboxing, and also not subject to the Debian / Debian-packaging route, which seems to work well for everyone. I'm not objecting to that.
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