Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Feb 2012 14:46 UTC
Mac OS X Well, this is a surprise. Several websites have a preview up of Apple's next Mac OS X release - it's called Mountain Lion, and continues the trend of bringing over functionality from iOS to Mac OS X. Lots of cool stuff in here we've all seen before on iPhones and iPads, including one very, very controversial feature: Gatekeeper. Starting with Mac OS X 10.8, Apple's desktop operating system will be restricted to Mac App Store and Apple-signed applications by default (with an opt-out switch), following in Windows 8's footsteps.
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by kaiwai on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:30 UTC
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Thom darling, I know that conspiracy theories are cool and what not but lets read the press release:

Gatekeeper is a revolutionary new security feature that gives you control over which apps can be downloaded and installed on your Mac. You can choose to install apps from any source, just as you do on a Mac today, or you can use the safer default setting to install apps from the Mac App Store, along with apps from developers that have a unique Developer ID from Apple.


In other words if you're already an developer with an AppleID then you've got nothing to worry about. What it is all about is when an end user downloads an application they know the application they've downloaded is actually what it says it is rather than what we've seen recently with people downloading what they thought was the Flash plugin but quickly found out it was anything but what they expected.

The signing of applications is no different than Windows 7 64bit mandating that drivers created for Windows 7 64bit are digitally signed even though we had the same conspiracy theorists conflate the WHQL certification with digital signing of drivers.

As for Microsoft - come on, making Metro applications installable only via Marketplace, is that really something to wail in pain as though you're trying to pass a kidney stone? Lets all calm down, pull a cone, put on some Bob Marley and chill out for a second.

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