Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:54 UTC
Mac OS X And so the iOS-ification of Mac OS X continues. Apple has just announced that all applications submitted to the Mac App Store have to use sandboxing by March 2012. While this has obvious security advantages, the concerns are numerous - especially since Apple's current sandboxing implementation and associated rules makes a whole lot of applications impossible.
Permalink for comment 495901
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Good move
by frderi on Fri 4th Nov 2011 18:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Good move"
Member since:

either the App Store is really important and you'd be a fool not to be there, or it isn't

I think the Mac App Store is especially a big deal for the consumer market. For corporations deploying apps there are better tools available. They typically use prepared system images, app server services, ASR or some other deployment tools to roll out applications.

Having both instead of either/or does not need to be problematic : The ISO you use from a corporate vendor probably won't be the issue when you're installing your legitimate pro apps. The biggest danger in getting uninvited guests on your system is mostly in small, unknown tools which you happen to need "on the fly" and you download off the internet. To this the Mac App Store offers a safe alternative to uncurated sites. So both can complement each other.

In other words, it could be said that this is the same old excuse that we're being offered each time we're presented with a large, bitter pill to swallow: it's for the children! it's for your own protection! it's for the common good!

I generally prefer "For the advancement and greater good for humanity". Get over it and enjoy the new world.

thinking about the implications, or about that bit of freedom (no matter how tiny) that you are going to give up for a bit more "safety" in return, you better ask yourself: is it really worth it?

I think there's enough empirical evidence to say there is, seeing as to how popular non curated systems get infected by filth like keyloggers, spyware, and botnets so easily.

One has to think about which freedom one prefers. The freedom to be able to tinker with your device until infinity, or the freedom to have a device which works predictably so it does the job you're set up to do. Apple has always been about the latter.

Edited 2011-11-04 18:57 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 0