Two potentially crazy ideas for Feisty

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Oct 27 15:17:21 BST 2006

On Thu, Oct 26, 2006 at 07:43:27PM -0400, Evan Dandrea wrote:
> 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
> file.

That is to say, we already did this.  It doesn't seem to be working for dia,

 - mdz

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