Untrusted software and security click-through warnings

Ian Jackson iwj at ubuntu.com
Fri Sep 28 17:34:59 BST 2007

Adilson Oliveira writes ("Re: Untrusted software and security click-through warnings"):
> Ian Jackson escreveu:
> > Or to put it another way: the point of Ubuntu is to give users control
> > over their own computers - that is, Freedom.  Our job includes
> > defending that control against those who would risk it in the name of
> > temporary convenience.
> Ian, I basically agree with your thoughts but I think we should be
> *very* careful about creating a measure that could "protect the user
> against him/herself" in the model, say Windows Vista does.

I agree that this is something we should look out for.  But we're in a
bit of a different position to M$.  Because Ubuntu is free software,
if users (and their technically-minded friends and allies) do not like
what we're doing, they can do things themselves their own way.

Our users' collective ability to escape our control is one thing that
keeps us honest.  Another of course is our own conscience but I hope
you'll agree that what I'm proposing here is very much that we should
exercise that conscience.


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