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Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Posted Nov 15, 2012 11:25 UTC (Thu) by rleigh (guest, #14622)
In reply to: Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users by nzjrs
Parent article: Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

> It is not untrusted, nor random, - all extensions on e.g.o are reviewed.

Have they been reviewed and QAed by my Linux distribution? No.

Downloading and running random stuff is a recipe for disaster. Did we learn nothing from ActiveX? It's not that I directly mistrust the original authors or reviewers. It's that it's circumventing the distributor, and is a prime choice for subverting to expose users to malware. So I treat the entire concept with great suspicion. From my POV I place as much trust in this website as I would in any other untrusted random website: None.

extensions.gnome.org is not a solution, it's a problem. These extensions should be properly packaged and released so that they can go through the proper release and distribution process. The entire concept is just a half-assed workaround to cope with the fact that the GNOME shell is a crippled disaster. These should be packaged and provided with/alongside the shell, rather than treated like orphaned stepchildren.


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Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Posted Nov 16, 2012 12:28 UTC (Fri) by nzjrs (guest, #35911) [Link]

If you saw the volume of extensions we review you might disagree.

You keep using that word random. I do not think it means what you think it means.


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