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To infinity and beyond?
There's no doubt that this is a forward-looking solution. Imagine being able to install an application on any Linux distribution without worrying about different package formats. And that application would be locked down tight so it had only minimal access to your system, protecting you not only from its authors including malicious code, but from security vulnerabilities in the code. An attacker could crack that application but would only be able to play in the little sandbox.
This is just a quick look at the new technology we'll be able to use soon. Developer Alexander Larsson has another basic overview of the first fully sandboxed Linux application on his blog. If you'd like to dig your teeth into the technical details, you can check the Sandboxed Applications page on the GNOME Project's wiki.
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