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Re: sense of packaging firefox' addons?



Randy Wyatt wrote:
Matthew Miller wrote:
On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 05:37:35PM -0800, Andrew Farris wrote:
can simply click an .xpi and restart their browser. Frankly, if you set aside security or stability concerns, it seems like a *major waste* to go to the effort of packaging extensions. The existing framework for their deployment works very well.


All,
Look at the number of updates for certain critical extensions such as NoScript, and then judge about security versus maintainability. Quite Often, the update within Firefox doesn't contain the latest version. I would much rather the users take a suggestion about which updates should be included if a popup appears when they start their browser.

And I keep a running log of the latest and greatest software which they have learned through extreme coercive techniques to consult before installing something willy-nilly

Bravo, afterall.. no security policy is 100% adequate to prevent a user from doing something very stupid. Not updating adblock plus or noscript frequently makes them ineffective, and if you're only providing the very first version via system-wide install and then permitting the user's profile to update a local extension version that seems a little silly to me.

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