cydia has become a wasteland

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by The Admiral, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. The Admiral macrumors member

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    cydia has become a wasteland littered with low-quality commercialized crapplets.

    it's depressing to see APT used as the basis of such filth.

    oh well. at least the basic unix tools are still viable.
     
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4

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  3. The Admiral thread starter macrumors member

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    I think it is the result of folks getting involved in jailbreak software not because they want to improve things with a handy utility here and there, but with the same "gimme" attitude that brought so many D-list shareware authors to Mac OS.

    the level of advertising shown on package info pages is now so staggeringly thick i feel like i'm wading through a porn site. cydia crashes constantly under the burden of row after row of banner ads hawking sketchy and probably fraudulent software and services. manually typing APT commands on the onscreen keyboard is becoming a more viable option than using what used to be my second favorite APT GUI ever written, behind Synaptic.

    "letting anything in" merely means supporting user-supplied additions to sources.list, which would require some pretty offensive modifications to prevent in the first place. of course, the debut of the "cydia store", wherein you can exchange money in a transaction that most western courts would not recognize as a contract -- i think that lets us know where the cydia maintainers stand.

    i guess i should go through my sources list and see if i can take out some of the trash.
     
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Well about the ads, its a completely unsupported service, so i guess thats the way they had to go.
     
  5. The Admiral thread starter macrumors member

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    i have used a LOT of APT front ends. i've used APT on more distributions and architectures than most people can even name. i've done things with APT that shouldn't be possible. hell, i've typed the ill-advised override command "Yes, do as I say" and ended up with a working system.

    i have never seen a single advertisement in another APT tool ever. not once. and those tools connect to repositories hosting hundreds of gigabytes of software, automatically serving their contents to hundreds of thousands of machines with base installation profiles larger than the total filesystem capacity of the average iphone.

    "not supported"? i'm not buying it.
     
  6. benflick macrumors 68020

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    It's the nonsense themes that I hate. There's a theme for everything.:mad:
     
  7. Foamer macrumors regular

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    And also the sports apps for each and every sports team that I was bombarded with this evening when I used cydia. (to be fair though, the official app store has the same crap)
     
  8. jfox00 macrumors member

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    I totally agree. I wish there was a way to filter the "Changes" so that anything EXCEPT themes would be shown. Themes clutter up the entire Cydia repository.
     
  9. Tokiopop macrumors 68000

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    I don't recall seeing any porn ads, but I sure do remember seeing O2/Carphone Warehouse adverts. I found that kinda ironic really :p
     
  10. army91c macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, some people will bitch about ANYTHING. There is a filter, it's called the section tab.... FFS it's free, 99.9% of the apps are FREE, yet you still whine. Get a life and find something better to do with your time.
     
  11. macfan881 macrumors 68020

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    welcome to the macrumor forums peope Bitch about havning to pay 2 bucks for a 8021n enabler on the imacs when they came out.
     
  12. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Welcome to Macrumors!:)
    Feel free to leave at any time!
     
  13. foob macrumors 6502

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    This might help a little. I added
    http://feeds.modmyi.com/cydia-updates to my RSS reader so I can stay up to date with apps but rarely need to open Cydia unless I see something that I want to install. It's much faster and easier than opening it and browsing through the changes. I don't think it catches upgrades though, so I try to open it once a week and see if there's any upgrade notifications.
     
  14. The Admiral thread starter macrumors member

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    i think the problem is mostly just that the Cydia software is so bloody awful. now that i look at the same repositories in Icy, which isn't crashing every 30 seconds from the heaving mass of porn and phishing banner ads, the actual contents of the repositories seem quite pleasant.
     

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