On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 05:13:27PM -0400, Deron Meranda wrote:
> > What I'm failing to see is how this is a failing of Fedora. You
> > installed a non-Fedora package on your system (AdobeReader is not a part
> > of Fedora) and it is that non-Fedora package that appears to be doing
> > things in the background on your system. You can blame the distro for
> > compromising your system when you were the one who circumvented the
> > trusted packages list and installed something else.
> Thanks for the info about xdg. I was unable to find that on my
> previous searches, and it doesn't show up in the graphical Gnome
> Sorry, I didn't mean to blame the distro; you're right, this was a
> third party package problem. ... Except that the Gnome 3 shell doesn't
> provide any feedback or information that it will run things in the
> background, nor is there any apparent method of listing those things
> (from the default install anyway).
Look at it from a usability point of view. See that list of apps in the
gnome-session-properties app? How distracting/obnoxious/cluttering would
it be for Gnome to tell us about every single one of them starting? I
can't think of a way for it to notify the user about each of them
without being a PITA.
> I do blame Adobe though. Yes, I contemplated very long very before
> installing acroread because I do try to keep my system extremely pure
> .. but alas, the needs to fill out tax forms nudged me over. But
> Adobe to their failing did not notify me that their software would
> periodically attempt to download and install software on my system
> without my knowledge. Bad on them.
Yeah, but it's SOP. The Windows version does a (just about every day)
download of updates for Adobe. Really, you'd think by now they could get
it stabilized, right?
> Concerning Fedora. This could perhaps be partially guarded against if
> there were an SELinux context into which I could label the "foreign"
> software -- that would prohibit it from accessing the network, or
> running scripts out of /tmp. Is there such a type label that I could
> chcon /usr/local/bin/acroread ??
That I don't know.
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