Apt repository interoperability

Stephan Hermann sh at sourcecode.de
Fri Apr 25 11:44:24 BST 2008

On Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:59:19 +0200
"Herman Robak" <herman at skolelinux.no> wrote:

> On Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:26:13 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk>
> wrote:
> > Debian is your parents telling what is safe to do.  Thousands of
> > HOWTOs on bungy jump and drag racing can't change that.
>   I am glad you used the parenting allegory. :-)
> > I don't question the fun of bungy jump, or the "need" for trying it.
>   Bungy jumping is not the best parallell, statistically speaking.
> Third party repositories are more analogous to unsafe sex, both in
> the sense of what it does and in terms of how many are doing it.
> > But I do question that it is a duty of parents to include bungy
> > jump in raising their kids.
>   Will you also forego "the talk" about contraceptives?  I guess you
> won't.  But parents who think abstaining is The Right Thing would be
> delighted to follow your line of reasoning.
> > So no, I do not believe that Debian, Debian-edu or Ubuntu would be
> > improved by adding features to guide you in doing things you are not
> > supposed to do, even if it is common.
>   Replace "not supposed to do" with "having sex", and you may realise
> that you are sticking your head in the sand.

"Having unsafe Sex" and "installing malicious 3rd party apps via 3rd
party repos" is your simple decision how you want to go on in your life.

If you are keen to have HIV (having unsafe sex) or whatever illness you
get, it's your decision. 
The same applies for installing software.

You enter your password during installation, so you are sure that you
want that...I don't want to mention the other parts of the process...

But the conclusion is: you can't bugfix people, never, don't work. 

Actually, I see it as social problem in general not having a clue about
something in some situations...and social problems are not solvable with
technical implementations. If that would be possible...well, watch
Matrix ;)


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