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axrusar
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Program from the software repo VS official PPA

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I am on Mint 20.3 and plan to stay here until Vanessa gets another major update.

I have Vanessa (Mint 21) on a VM, and i was playing with it installing different programs just for fun and curiosity.
I found a nice screenshot program, "Shutter" so i decided to use it on my 20.3 setup, then i found out it is not available in the software manager or via apt get.
So in their site @ shutter-project.org, there is the option to install it on Mint, from an "official PPA" link here: https://launchpad.net/~shutter/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

My question is about security, and also trying to learn how the software sources are managed in Mint.
After reading many posts here on the forum against setting up PPAs, i wonder if Vanessa is actually pulling the program from the same source so it is safe for me to setup this specific PPA, or ubuntu keeps its own copy in the ubuntu repos and that is where Vanessa pulls the software from?
What is the "line" between a safe and an unsafe PPA?
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Re: Program from the software repo VS official PPA

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Sometimes programs come into the official repositories, sometimes they fall out of them. This does not happen so often, but is does and is no reason to get concerned.

I know shutter from the past and so I can say, that you can add this PPA to your sources.

The difference between safe and unsafe PPAs is not like the difference between black and white. There are PPAs for programs, which are well known (e.g. Shutter, BackInTime, CherryTree) and can be trusted. There are others, where either hardly anybody knows them or which provide packages (e.g. kernel or drivers) which are known to give trouble; this is surely not the case for Shutter.

Side note: gnome screenshot does everything, what I need. Shutter has (in principle) the function to "shot" a complete website, even if a browser must be scrolled several times. This was quite handy, as long as it worked. But - at least at the time, when I had Shutter installed - this works only on http addresses, not https. So it got useless.
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Re: Program from the software repo VS official PPA

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Thank you Cosmo. Excellent information as usual.
Yes I usually check any programs i install from an external PPA, to be big names, like inkscape, Brave, google earth and some others i am seeing now in my software sources list. I guess there is still a risk in case any of them ever get hacked, but i do not expect the world to be perfect :lol:

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Re: Program from the software repo VS official PPA

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Cosmo. wrote:
Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:42 am
Side note: gnome screenshot does everything, what I need. Shutter has (in principle) the function to "shot" a complete website, even if a browser must be scrolled several times. This was quite handy, as long as it worked. But - at least at the time, when I had Shutter installed - this works only on http addresses, not https. So it got useless.
The built-in screenshot feature in Firefox can also "shot" a complete website. WYSIWYG.
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