Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2009 22:16 UTC
Mac OS X Late last night (CET), we reported on the story that the VLC project needed more developers for the Mac version of this popular video player, or else the Mac variant may disappear. Just about every website out there reported on this issue, but it turns out it all got a bit exaggerated (on the internet? Surely you jest...). We spoke to VLC developer Pierre d'Herbemont to clarify the issue, and they've also put up a wiki page about the so-called demise of the Mac version of VLC. He also detailed what, exactly, they meant by "Apple is blocking us".
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RE[5]: Not Mac Enough
by Ed W. Cogburn on Sat 19th Dec 2009 21:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not Mac Enough"
Ed W. Cogburn
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And there's a difference between someone who prefers native app (while still being willing to put up with non-native if necessary), and someone who just automatically turns their nose up at any non-native app. The former is a reasonable position, the latter is the very definition of putting form over function.

That's how I read Bryan's post (as an example of the former sentiment),


I was kinda also responding to Kroc's post as well. As for Bryan's post, it was the Grandma joke at the end that made me think he was in the latter camp (where Grandma == a xplatform app), but I may have read it wrong.

I don't really see where you're getting the platform elitism thing from.


Oh I dunno, seems to be quite a bit of that here on OSN. ;)

That's a bit of a false dichotomy. For one, there's no shortage of GUI visual inconsistencies to be found on OS X (even among Apple's apps).


Yea, I've heard that too (never used Apple myself), which just makes it harder for me to understand the typical fanboy responses about this issue. Sounds to me like Kroc would want to disagree with you on this, for example.

I doubt Microsoft's policies/philosophies on application visuals has much to do with it.


Agreed, thats why I said it was only 'probably part of' it. The main reason was that MS's was handed a defacto monopoly position early on due to IBM's lack of foresight at the time.

If a lack of visual standards makes a platform a success, then Java GUI apps should have overtaken everyone else years ago.


If it weren't for MS not wanting Java to succeed on their own (dominant) platform, and even now doing everything they can to kill it (.NET), then who knows, maybe Java *would* have done better?

Kinda hard to succeed when the 800lbs gorilla of your market is trying very hard to put you 6 feet under. ;)

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