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Re: [opensuse-factory] Let's keep acroread for pure reasons of usability.
On 11/08/2013 11:41 AM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
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On Friday, 2013-11-08 at 16:58 +0100, Per Jessen wrote:

You are whining about removal of one particular package.

Please be civil. I simply made a proposal to focus on usability for our
users. Personally I have no issue with downloading directly from Adobe
(as long as it lasts) and tightening my environment with apparmor.

I agree.

If you just feel offended about the fact we removed your favorite and
popular application after the vendor stopped providing support for it
then I suggest you bring it forward to the vendor of the named
software.

No, I am not offended, I am merely puzzled by the lack of consideration
for the openSUSE user.

Me too. :-|

I disagree. The decision is a sign of consideration for the openSUSE user. Remember that Adobe Reader is being maintained on Windows but not on Linux. Every fix for Windows becomes a roadmap on how to exploit the Linux version, which likely has the same security hole.

The people on this list have the necessary information for evaluating the risk and avoiding any problems like this, but can you say that for the average user? If you really want to run Adobe Reader, install any suitable flavor of Windows in a Virtual Machine, share your entire Linux disk with that VM, and boot it when you need to process a PDF that okular cannot handle. That way, you can handle the PDF without needing to shut down Linux. I use that method to handle 2 programs that do not run under wine. For simplicity, my VM is Windows XP. My wife runs Windows 7 and has a VM containing Windows XP so that she can run an Office 97 database program that fails on a 64-bit OS. If she can handle this, you certainly will be able to do so.

Larry

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