[Geany-Users] Can these portable windows builds be trusted?
nick87720z at xxxxx
Mon Nov 29 14:17:17 UTC 2021
Sorry, I completely missed third-party download pages. Perhaps, if I
noticed it again, I would not have such question. This, combined with
publisher name & link drove me to worry :) .
Though usually I also used portableapps builds of known opensource apps
without much warning. Though I only kept them ready for use, while
never found real use for them :) .
Well, became linux user before getting familiar with all floss apps
(though got starter like openoffice), yet it was long time until I got
geany as main IDE / editor. Though still using vim or mousepad when
need speed without IDE-specific features (takes long time to load with
C files in default session, which I have full of them).
In Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:42:41 -0600
Oliver <mr.soup12 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I used to be the maintainer of this project but have since moved on
> with my life. Biggest thing is I became a linux user and bought a
> laptop so there was little point in using a windows port. John T
> Haller is currently maintaining/packaging it.
> The package is open source, and the NSI source code for the program is
> available in the Other\Source directory if you would like to check
> out the code and compile/build it yourself.
> PortableApps.com (if I remember correctly) lists the publisher for
> every app as "geany team" or "firefox team" etc. John had his own
> way of doing things (i.e. revision builds always started with 2 for
> some reason) and there was no point in arguing with him.
> I never had any issues or qualms trusting packages from
> PortableApps.com for the 4/5 years I used them but that was 10+ years
> ago - again see point of becoming a linux user. However, I would
> happily use packages from there again.
> On Mon, Nov 29, 2021 at 7:30 AM Enrico Tröger
> <enrico.troeger at uvena.de> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > >> Some time ago (few years) I searched for portable windows build.
> > >> There's one, at PortableApps, but that's what I found now:
> > >> https://portableapps.com/apps/development/geany_portable
> > >>
> > >> What I found previously is for version 1.24:
> > >> with filename GeanyPortable_1.24.paf.exe
> > >> I don't remember where I got it that time, so I assume it has
> > >> same source, although I never used it. I searched it mainly
> > >> because learning in university, where machines use windows, so
> > >> using portable version was the only way in case of need to get
> > >> geany on windows for some reason. But it so happened, that I
> > >> never had such need (just carried laptop with myself).
> > >>
> > >> Now I went across this file and decided to check for updates.
> > >> What's interesting - publisher is named 'Geany Team', with url
> > >> leading to geany site. However, I found no info, leading to
> > >> portableapps, at download page, github tracker and users mailing
> > >> lists (though I did not check other lists yet).
> > >>
> > >> So question - can that publisher be trusted, is it really
> > >> related to geany team?
> > >
> > > AFAIK none of the Geany team are involved in the publication of
> > > the portable app, so we have no idea if it is trustworthy or not.
> > There is definitely no one of the Geany team involved in those
> > builds. Many years ago, we had contact with one of the maintainers
> > of this portable build package but this does not mean we checked
> > the resulting app. Also, since this is long ago, the current
> > maintainer might have changed.
> > > It is mentioned on the website at the "Third Party Packages"
> > > page, but that does not mean that it is endorsed by or in any way
> > > checked by the Geany project.
> > Exactly, it is third party and so can only be trusted if you can
> > trust the third party.
> > I'm afraid you need to check yourself if it is acceptable for you
> > to use this app or not. We cannot guarantee this package is safe to
> > use.
> > Regards,
> > Enrico
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