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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This article is factually wrong
by rhavyn on Thu 16th Feb 2012 18:48 UTC
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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.


This is factually incorrect in two ways.

1. By default OS X 10.8 will run App Store apps and developer signed applications. Developers will be able to purchase a signing certificate from Apple but they do the signing.

2. Nothing stops you from running unsigned applications or applications that didn't come from the App Store. If you right click on an app and choose open it will pop up a dialog box asking if you want to proceed. If you say yes the app will launch and you are never prompted again.

The way this functionality is implemented should make it obvious that Apple isn't going to stop people from running applications from outside the App Store. If they were they wouldn't have made it transparently easy to avoid the restrictions of Gatekeeper. It is clear that they are going to provide tools to the end users to ensure they are not getting modified apps (the current favorite vector for getting trojan's onto the Mac).

Feel free to read actual facts about the way Gatekeeper works instead of Thom's paranoid fantasies at Macworld: http://www.macworld.com/article/165408/2012/02/mountain_lion_hands_...

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