Bug #229270 in gvfs: “nautilus wrong owner in sftp”

February 5, 2009 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

Bug #229270 in gvfs: “nautilus wrong owner in sftp”

RANT:

{Edit: I removed some negative commentary regarding a particular person at Ubuntu. It was probably unfair.}

I know everyone at Ubuntu, at least those that are posting in Launchpad, is probably a volunteer- but I’m getting really sick of the passing-the-buck excuses when it comes to Ubuntu. It conveys a “we don’t give a crap” attitude- with doesn’t go far with IT managers, like me! I don’t care if it’s an “upstream” problem- it’s a problem with software that YOU are distributing, and saying “It’s not our problem.” is bullshit.

Gvfs is a piece of shit. Period. They f*cked up authenticated SMB shares, and now I discover this little gem of a bug.

Essentially Nautilus (and anything else using gvfs- as I understand it OpenOffice is frelled too) is shit-worthless if you use sftp/scp on set-GID folders (such as those used for collaboration, on a Web server, for example). This adds to its already shit-worthless-ness when it comes to authenticated SMB or Active Directory shares. At least the latter is supposedly fixed in Ubuntu 9.04, which is in ALPHA and has enough other problems that it definitely shouldn’t be installed if you want to actually get anything productive done.

Apparently if you have NO security on any of your network resources- it works great! If you follow best practices for securing your network resources- you can kiss any kind of interoperability goodbye. As much as I despise Microsoft and Windows- at least I can consistently access a Windows server with a Windows workstation as long as I have the correct username/password/workgroup. Apparently that isn’t possible using Linux anymore, at least not with Ubuntu. (Yes, there are PITA work-arounds and patches- try talking a few “users” through those, and pray they don’t get overwritten with the next update.)

Ubuntu might be okay for home users that don’t play Windows games, but right now it is a non-starter for corporate desktops or any advanced home user that actually uses security.

/RANT

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