Re: GNOME Online Accounts 3.34 won't have documents support

On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 10:03 AM Bastien Nocera <hadess hadess net> wrote:
On Wed, 2019-01-23 at 14:33 +0000, Allan Day wrote:
> Bastien Nocera <hadess hadess net> wrote:
> <snip>
> > Flip it on its head and please suggest why, nowadays, any
> > application
> > developer, whether for a GNOME application or a third-party, would
> > spend time integrating services into gnome-online-accounts, or
> > using
> > gnome-online-accounts for functionality that's somewhat core to the
> > application experience, when the rug can be pulled from under your
> > app
> > at any point?
> That's not what's happening here. Until very recently, Debarshi was
> the Documents maintainer, and he's obviously been fully involved.

It is what is happening in GNOME Online Accounts in general. Pocket is
disabled in Fedora 29, and there's a good chance that the mail
configuration bits will be disabled in Fedora 30.

I don't know whether those changes will also be done upstream, but the
result will be the same, it won't be possible for applications shipped
through Flatpak to know that certain configuration options will be
available in GNOME Online Accounts.

I believe in the larger picture, this is a logical consequence of taking the boundary between desktop and apps seriously.
It is just not right to give all 3rd party apps that show up in a flatpak access to the GNOME api keys and identity.
They need to use their own keys. Offering a centralized service for storing such keys, as Emmanuele suggests,
might still be useful.

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