[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Re: Bricked a third time

From: Marius Vollmer marius.vollmer at nokia.com
Date: Tue Feb 13 18:33:37 EET 2007
"ext Aniello Del Sorbo" <anidel at gmail.com> writes:

> I still don't understand why this cannot be done in an easy way from
> the maemo team.

Patches are welcome! :-)

It is not completely straighforward to use dpkg and apt-get with mixed
users, but it might not be that difficult either.  You would need to
make sure that they can still maintain their databases and caches,

But, increasing the robustness of the device is a much more subtle
issue than not installing packages as root.  Not installing packages
as root doesn't give you much protection against accidents.  (Not
_running_ them as root does, on the other hand.)

You will also need to prevent applications from doing harm at
run-time, for example.  What good is it when an application has not
been installed as root but still deletes all your image files by
accident?  Or a statusbar plugin consumes so much memory at a steady
rate that the device reboots after 10 minutes?  You could make a
distinction between applications that you allow to modify your files
(all files, or just some?) and other that are just alloed to read them
(really?  maybe you should not let them read your honey moon

I think that way lies madness.

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