Friday, 28 October 2016

Re: Promote adobe-flashplugin over flashplugin-installer

On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 04:24:46PM +0200, Gunnar Hjalmarsson wrote:
> * While flashplugin-installer downloads the Flash plugin from a
> third-party source, adobe-flashplugin installs it directly, so the
> users will get updates (for security or other reasons) through the
> regular package updates.

AIUI, flashplugin-installer is updated on a regular basis, and when that
happens, users get a package update. The postinst then downloads and
installs the updated plugin. I believe (but haven't confirmed) that the
hash of the download is checked against the expected hash embedded in
teh package.

So users still get updates "through the regular package updates", though
an additional download is required.

It looks like the last update to this package was two days ago (for
Xenial) and all supported releases have been updated this month.

Are you saying that the additional download is a problem? If so, how
exactly, and if not, then I don't follow how this mechanism makes a
difference to users.

> * adobe-flashplugin installs the PPAPI plugin besides NPAPI.

[...]

> Would this be doable? Any policy blockers?

I have no further knowledge in this area. I am responding only to your
first point.

Robie

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