Bummer. I spoke to soon. This is the second recent Qubes OS youtube introd / tutorial that states that the creators of Qubes “forgot to turn on the Internet” in the Template VMs, and then recommends to fix this but connecting the TemplateVM to sys-net. These tutorials by Youtube-producers non-day-to-day-Qubes-users are slightly useful, and somewhat dangerous.
To give a bit more context, the guy does this in order to run the graphical “Software” for fedora. This is the only way to currently install via the graphical interface and for many beginner users I think this would be better than not using Qubes at all because the terminal scares them away or because they can’t discover software.
Later on in the guide he does recommend users install the Synaptic package manager for installing software through a graphical interface.
So I actually think this advice is not ill-intentioned or misdirected, but rather as genuine advice for someone who is not yet comfortable with the terminal.
I’ve started a thread on this to hear some other opinions:
Thanks for bringing the issue up @oijawyuh. And for bringing the guide in the first place. I think overall a lot of effort has been put into making that tutorial, it’s just mainly that imprecision that may lead to security problems.
We are still waiting to a good recent comprehensive video guide, then. Who knows, maybe someone in the community might be working on that as we speak
I’ve added a disclaimer at the top of your post to warn potential viewers.
Well, on youtube it will have to be someone else. But I’ve added a comment in the first post.