Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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Repositories and App Stores
by alcibiades on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:48 UTC
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The general principle seems to be that repositories really work rather well. When you explain to a new Linux user that the way they get software is just to install it from the repository, using the app software, whether its the Mandriva control centre or Synaptic or whatever, their first reaction is one of pleased disbelief.

So one's instinctive shudder is not at the concept of an app store or repository. The shudder is that by now we know where Apple is going, and its the same place Amazon thought they were going too, its the ability to control what you load and thus (since apps and content are merging) what you access.

So we have to imagine for Apple a future in which they can remotely delete apps from your machine. One in which you can be sure the app store is the only way to install without jail breaking. And one in which access to content comes through apps, and the control over the apps is used to censor what content you access.

The problem with Apple is that whatever the positive innovations of the rest of the industry, they will find some way to turn it and use it in the direction of control and intellectual repression.

And if you doubt that, ask yourself what kind of state of mind would you have to be in to even think of banning Matlab, because it was written in the wrong kind of language, or to ban a book downloading app, because it could allow you to obtain a copy of the perfectly legal and in fact rather tame Kama Sutra, or to ban an app which provided cartoons of public figures, on the grounds that they might offend someone.

Yes, the people who will be bringing you the app store thought all those things were sensible, reasonable things to do, and their acolytes cheered as they did them.

Apple is one of the main enemies of intellectual freedom in Western society today, and people don't even realize it, because its done under the guise of being cool and helpful.

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