[maemo-developers] Maemo security longterm roadmap?

From: Jan Jansen janjansenbe at gmail.com
Date: Wed Nov 7 00:22:22 EET 2007

Indeed an interesting remark.

For most (new) end users the '1 click install' solution is in fact 'THE'
solution, I assume they even don't know or don't wanna know what the meaning
of a 'repository' is. Even not thinking about the fact that they have to
fill in the repository links themselves.

People, familiar with the linux world, however are familiar and understand
the concept of 'repositories', ...

So it should be something 'easy' and 'trusted'.

Cheers, Jan

On Nov 6, 2007 12:54 PM, François Cauwe <francois at cauwe.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was reading the discussion about the "Repository mess" and installing
> new software. I have a security concern about the current approach of
> the "1 click install".
> If I'm a end user, I just want to install a certain software. In the
> current approach, this step is made really easy, which is _good_. It
> automatically adds the needed repositories, and install the software.
> BUT the current software installer assumes that the software can be
> trusted, that it won't delete my document or send my personal data to a
> central server. (Actually it warns me first, but I'm used to warnings,
> so I always click ok.)
> The community repositories could partly solve this problem, because the
> software is checked by developers, and therefore we can hope it save to
> install it. But for 'external' software and closed source software, we
> can never be sure.
> What is Maemo's long time approach to solve this problem? How do you
> assume that software is save? Of how do you treat 'untrusted' software?
> The OLPC project has similar problems, but they have a interesting
> approach to it: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Bitfrost
> François Cauwe
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