[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Re: [maemo-users] 'Locking down' software installation

From: David Hagood wowbagger at sktc.net
Date: Thu Feb 15 15:08:49 EET 2007
Marius Vollmer wrote:
> We would like to get your feedback on these plans, both from the
> end-user point of view and from the point of view of package
> developers.
Thank you for asking. That attitude is one of the reasons I like this 
> There is going to be a 'meta' package that represents the whole
> operating system.  Updates to the OS are done by updating this meta
> package in the Application Manager. 
So are you looking to move away from the System Upgrade := reflash 
device model? If so, then GOOD!

> So whaddaya think?  Useful?  Too painful?  Too difficult to escape
> from?
Sounds good so far.
> Some variants that come to mind:
> The meta package could depend on 'this version or later' of a package
> instead of on "exactly this version'.  That would allow it to control
> the update just as much, but would not lock down the configuration of
> the device so much.  The motivation for this lock-down of the device
> configuration is that Nokia (probably, IANAL) doesn't want to support
> any other configuration, and having to 'hack' your system via the
> red-pill mode or similar is a good indication that you are now on your
> own.
Might I suggest two meta packages - one locked down to "This version 
only" and one specifying "this version or later." Have a mechanism 
whereby a power user can upgrade from meta-lockdown to meta-power (e.g. 
red pill mode). Have a mechanism whereby the status of what is installed 
is quickly apparent to customer service (e.g. a file that is displayed 
as part of the Device info page that gets changed) so that Customer 
Service can quickly say "Sorry, you have to reflash to standard before 
we can help you."

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