[maemo-users] Steve's Ranty Review #1: N800 ogg support

From: Steve Greenland steveg at moregruel.net
Date: Thu Oct 18 19:48:35 EEST 2007
According to Krischan Keitsch  <krischan.keitsch at alumni.tu-berlin.de>:
> to a) "Were are all the apps?"
> One thing that we are missing is a 'distribution' (the debian or ubuntu way) 
> with primary repositories  and additional repos. etc.

Actually, I think we *have* that repo: repository.maemo.org. The problem
is that there is no obvious, straightforward way for Jill Random to get
her packages into the repo. Is this documented anywhere? A quick browse
of maemo.org didn't find anything.

But as I noted, there seems to be some plans to improve this situation.

And, admittedly, it's not as easy as just letting anonymous people
upload. Any package can trash the entire system, via the install hooks.
Debian deals with this by making it so painful to become an official
developer that the asshats won't make the effort.

OTOH, the current situation encourages the addition of random repos to
the source list, so basically is no different than letting random people
upload. Given that the official nokia repos are still screwed up w.r.t.
package signing (see https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2067), we're
training the users to ignore/avoid any security stuff anyway.


Steve Greenland
    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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