On Saturday, 23 April 2016 at 11:29:29 UTC, NX wrote:
I will just leave it here:


This is FUD.

There are no security risks with snappy packages that there aren't with any other existing Linux packaging systems.

Snappy actually improves things in various ways compared to most packaging formats, while not addressing the longstanding and universal issues with X11 that affect just about all Linux distros.

The solution of those issues lies either in setting up X11 to appropriately isolate applications (which AIUI is possible but not very nice to do), or using an alternative display server that addresses those security concerns (Mir or Wayland).

Ubuntu and Canonical have been completely up-front about the limitations of snappy's security guarantees when used on an X11 system (well before Matthew Garrett wrote his article), so it's difficult to see these stories as anything other than a malicious attempt to undermine a competitor.

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