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Re: Fedora Feature Proposal: Yum Integration

On Thu, Jul 19, 2007 at 11:51:34AM -0400, Horst H. von Brand wrote:
> > > blurry? no it's completely non-existent. :)
> > There's at least a whole lot of overlap. :)
> Nope. If it has to be installed/configured/managed by root, it is system
> software, regardless of it being the kernel or a game. The stuff in
> $HOME is yours to mess around with.

You mean "by root", or "by a process with root privileges"? Because that's a
whole different question.

> To think otherwise is creating a whole new landscape of operating
> system... and that can't be handled by just "OK, let's install <foo kind
> of packages> by default under the control of Joe R. User", there has to
> be a _lot_ more thought behind it.

"Foo kind of packages" from an approved repository of
cryptographically-signed rpms.

> Exactly the other way around. In a controlled environment, you could
> give the root password (or a suitably restricted sudo(1) entry) to
> assorted users, or require users to contact the sysadmin to install
> stuff. If you are thinking about the machines in a lab, the /very last/
> thing you want is different configurations because on each machine a
> random user, way back, ran some program with unusual flags, and didn't
> note that this meant installing some gunk.

I'm thinking more about individual machines deployed on desktop systems
where the users want some control but are not sysadmins. For stuff like the
above, why bother the admin?

Matthew Miller           mattdm mattdm org          <http://mattdm.org/>
Boston University Linux      ------>              <http://linux.bu.edu/>

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