Please remove Software Sources from the menus, it's destructive.

Denis Washington dwashington at
Tue Feb 26 13:49:45 GMT 2008

On Tue, 2008-02-26 at 14:41 +0100, Jo-Erlend Schinstad wrote:
> On 26/02/2008, Andreas Schildbach <andreas at> wrote:
> > Jo-Erlend Schinstad wrote:
> > There is also the graphical "Add/Remove Applications", which I think is
> >  much easier to use if you want to install an application.
> >
> >  Also, "Software Sources" has more use-cases, like enabling or disabling
> >  automatic security updates, selecting how often it should look for
> >  updates, adding authenticaton keys and allowing statistical information
> >  to be sent. This is all unlikely to need a package manager in the same
> >  usecase.
> >
> >  Personally, I'd prefer if the Software Sources would stay in the menu.
> >  However, I would not mind for Synaptic to go away...
> >
> >  Regards,
> >
> >  Andreas
> I think you may have misunderstood. The Software Sources dialog is
> part of Synaptic. The Software Sources menu item is just an extra way
> of opening it. It saves you three mouse-clicks, granted, but it also
> leads to misunderstandings like this. Synaptic and Add/Remove serves
> two different purposes. 

Don't forget that, although Add/Remove serves another purpose than
Synaptic, apt-get, or Update Manager, all of these still use the same
software sources. So only being able to call Software Sources from
Synaptic leads to the actual misunderstanding that these settings only
affect Synaptic, which is not true. So I think having Software Sources
in the Administration is The Right Thing (tm).


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