Ivan's XO Field Upgrade Proposal
Mike C. Fletcher
mcfletch at vrplumber.com
Tue Jun 26 13:57:14 EDT 2007
John (J5) Palmieri wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-06-26 at 12:32 -0400, Dan Williams wrote:
> We Also have to remember the countries want control over when the boxes
> update. At least that was the impression I got at the country meetings.
This is a concern, no? In cases of regime change and the like, can a
particular user opt out of the upgrades somehow? Although it's a good
idea to have the laptops automatically update themselves by default I'm
somewhat concerned if a new regime coming in can disable all of the
laptops in the country, or force them to install something that the
users themselves don't want.
This concern is one of the reasons I want to allow for overlay file
systems for the Core Operating System images, the install may be
downloaded and automatically installed, but if it does something nasty
the child can disable that overlay and potentially decide to move to a
different update source (e.g. change countries) using the security
configuration UI mechanism (or whatever).
On a less tin-foil-hat note, I would be most comfortable if all system
updates were notifying the user and allowing them (again, likely part of
the security UI) to temporarily delay an update. 30 kids in the middle
of a video-capture-and-editing activity for the school play that's
taxing their systems and their network to the limit are going to be a
little upset if the board of education decides that's the moment to
start a whole-system update.
Just a thought,
Mike C. Fletcher
Designer, VR Plumber, Coder
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