[Pkg-chromium-maint] sane chromium default flags - include --enable-remote-extensions

Reinhard Tartler siretart at gmail.com
Wed Mar 1 01:17:24 UTC 2017

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 10:40 AM Andrey Rahmatullin <wrar at debian.org> wrote:

> >
> > I can see that the behaviour you describe would be very annoying.
> When updating extensions is disabled, it is a "good" thing that you cannot
> install them and use installed ones.

It's certainly *not* good. It may be "safe", but is also dissatisfying to
many users because it disables functionality, which causes a lot of
immediate frustration.

The previous behavior of allowing users to download, but not update
extensions, is putting users at risk if the extension needs updating for
security reasons, or at best causes frustration for not getting
functionality updates.

In an enterprise setup, where the system administrator chooses to limit his
users ability to what extensions can be installed, disabling external
extension might make a lot of sense. Arguably, the majority of our users do
not fall in this category.

Is it really worth the trouble of trying to "protect" users from privacy

Maybe the Debian chromium package can be enhanced to target the typical
(i.e., the majority of our) users first, and offer configuration settings
in /etc that allow non-typical users to adjust to their specific

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