RFC: On-demand package installation API in kdelibs

Martin Sandsmark sandsmark at samfundet.no
Wed Jul 28 20:54:03 BST 2010

On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 09:37:12PM +0200, Lubos Lunak wrote:
>  I see, the problem is not installing software, the problem is supposed to be 
> making users more used to entering their password whenever a dialog asking 
> for it pops up.
> […]
>  Besides, if somebody's stupid enough to fall for this, they can fall for 
> something similar already today. Bad boys can be rather inventive, and 
> stupidity has no limitations. In fact I doubt people this stupid would see 
> the connection between them doing something and a password dialog showing up 
> as a consequence.

As you said yourself, this is about making users *more* used to clickthroughs
and entering their password. And I agree that we should minimize the amount
of clickthroughs and password-asking we do. Hence why this might be a bad

>  Well, as Chani said, what are your thoughts on KWallet then? I don't use it 
> myself, but as far as I can judge, it rather randomly pops up and asks for a 
> password. It shouldn't be a big problem faking that.

Your average user only sees the kwallet password entry dialog once on login,
and once for each new program using it, asking if the application should get
And even the initial password asking can be eliminated (as lemma finishes
kwallet-pam, which is in playground).

>  Finally, since it would be installing software from known sources, it 
> actually doesn't really need to require a password. The only bad thing that 
> could happen would be running out of disk space, and I know simpler ways of 
> achieving that on most machines.

Opensuse ships libdvdcss and unlobotomized multimedia libraries in the
default repositories?

Martin Sandsmark 
IT-Komiteen, Samfundet 

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