Gnome without chrome-gnome-shell
New laptop, has a touchscreen, can be folded into a tablet, I heard gnome-shell would be a good choice of desktop environment, and I managed to tweak it enough that I can reuse existing habits.
I have a big problem, however, with how it encourages one to download random
extensions off the internet and run them as part of the whole desktop
environment. I have an even bigger problem with
gnome-core having a hard
chrome-gnome-shell, a plugin
which cannot be disabled without root editing files in
/etc, which exposes
parts of my destktop environment to websites.
Visit this site and it will know which extensions you have installed, and it will be able to install more. I do not trust that, I do not need that, I do not want that. I am horrified by the idea of that.
How can one do the same for firefox?
chrome-gnome-shell is a hard dependency of gnome-core, and it installs a browser plugin that one may not want, and mandates its use by system-wide chrome policies.
I consider having chrome-gnome-shell an unneeded increase of the attack surface of my system, in exchange for the dubious privilege of being able to download and execute, as my main user, random unreviewed code.
This package satifies the chrome-gnome-shell dependency, but installs nothing.
Note that after installing this package you need to purge chrome-gnome-shell if it was previously installed, to have it remove its chromium policy files in /etc/chromium
apt install equivs equivs-build contain-gnome-shell sudo dpkg -i contain-gnome-shell_1.0_all.deb sudo dpkg --purge chrome-gnome-shell