Saurik Doesn’t Have Much Control Over Cydia And That’s A Good Thing

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If you love jailbreaking and all the little tweaks that come with it, then you’re probably very familiar with Cydia. It’s the number one place to go to if you want to find hacks for your iPhone or iPad, but it also kind of sucks at the same time.

Cydia is massively unorganized and slow when there’s a rush to jailbreak. Most people want to blame its creator, Saurik, for its weaknesses, but in a recent discussion on jailbreaking, Saurik admitted those things bug him too, but there’s not much he can do about it.

Saurik responded to a post on the jailbreak subreddit a few days ago that asked Saurik to create a ‘sort by popularity’ feature in Cydia so that users could find things easier.

Yeah, you know? You have a point: if I was in charge of all the content in Cydia, I’d also make a ton of changes: for starters, I’d remove all the ads… the ads really suck, they are horribly confusing for users, and they sometimes even attempt to hijack the user from their tasks installing packages. Then, I’d go through all of the incorrect spacing and inconsistent messaging that you see on all of the packages, and I’d fix that as well: I cannot describe to you just how angry I am every time I see a repository screw up the 9px margin between boxes on their package depictions.

Saurik went on to explain that he has very little control over any of the content in Cydia, much in the same way that Firefox has no control over content on Reddit. Cydia is really just a glorified web browser.

Certainly if he wanted to, Saurik could just take control of the whole store and setup an approval process for each tweak and repo, but that would take a lot of time and money, plus it would defeat the purpose of Cydia.

I really mean it when I say this: the reason Cydia is interesting and the reason jailbreaking has been successful is specifically because we decentralize so much of it. I have been very adamant since the beginning that I didn’t want to see myself become an arbiter of content, and I actually do sometimes intervene to “maintain the balance of power” between repositories in the hope of guaranteeing a good mix.

To us, it seems like Saurik’s belief that jailbreaking should be decentralized is spot on. The reason why jailbreaking is popular is because it gives users an escape from Apple’s walled garden where they are forced to comply with Apple’s standards. Creating another walled garden for jailbreaking would completely defeat the purpose.

  • bondr006

    That guys needs to quit eating so many burgers and get out from in front of the computer screen once in awhile. smiley exersize photo: Jumping rope smiley 034.gif smiley shower photo: shower smiley shower.gif

  • MrsCleaver

    “…but it (Cydia) also kind of sucks at the same time.”

    Huh? What sucks about Cydia?? Having to wait a few seconds for things to refresh before you can grab a file, which is usually free or very inexpensive? Or is it that you’re not happy with having only “one” place to get massive amounts tweaks and apps for a jailbroken iDevice. Maybe you want a lot of choices, but one is plenty for me. After all, it’s not like organizing and maintaing a site dedicated entirely to jailbreak apps is a big money maker or massively in demand. And as for being “disorganized”, I couldn’t disagree more. There’s a lot of advice, and helpful hints right on the first page, not to mention other useful links. There’s even a special Theme section on the main screen, organized by devices and iOS versions so one doesn’t have to hunt about for his or her particular phone or pad.

    Cydia isn’t perfect, but what is? It’s at least as useful and well-organized as the iTunes App Store. Saurik has done an incredible job with Cydia, which is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary right now. That’s a long time to be maintaining this invaluable resource for jail-breakers.

    C’mon Buster, Cydia is worthy of more praise than, “but it also kind of sucks.”

  • adamsmith0123

    We cannot really complain about Cydia because in the first place we get most of the apps and tweaks for free. I better jailbreak my phone now in ???.?????????????.???

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