Two potentially crazy ideas for Feisty

Evan Dandrea xevand at
Fri Oct 27 00:43:27 BST 2006

I'm tempted to write specifications for two ideas, but I'm not sure if
they would be feasible, so if any knowledgeable developer has some
time, I'd appreciate some input on the following:

Would it be feasible to maintain a database of known-to-have-issues
hardware, keyed against the hardware ID and used by a
post-installation utility that links the user up with the appropriate page via a libnotify popup.

Also, would it be insane to use libmagic to identify what program
opens files that do not already have an association and use this
information to suggest to prompt the user to install the appropriate
application.  Lets say I get a Dia diagram in an email, but I don't
have Dia installed.  When I click on the file, a dialog tells me that
I do not have Dia installed and thus cannot open the diagram,
presenting me with a button to install it and then try to reopen the

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