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

From: Krischan Keitsch krischan.keitsch at alumni.tu-berlin.de
Date: Fri Oct 19 09:41:43 EEST 2007
Am Donnerstag, 18. Oktober 2007 schrieb Steve Greenland:
> 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

At the moment we a experiencing two diffrent philosophies how to handle 3rd 
party apps on mobil devices:
a) no rd party apps what so ever: apple / ipod touch
b) complete freedom to install every 3rd party app we want: encouraged by 
Nokia / Internet tablets

Usually when you have two extrems the optimum is in between. Being allowed to 
install no apps on my own is (for me at least) absolutely not acceptable. On 
the other hand the situation on the repository landscape of the internet 
tablets is not satisfying either.

The optimum may be between the two - meaning we need some kind of a quality 
management for the community efforts. To approve that just verified and 
apps are in the official  and universe repositories. So that Jill Random and 
ourselves can benefit from rock solid high quality apps. What do you think?

Regards Krischan

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