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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rhavyn
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2005-07-06

"Why is this getting modded down? He is talking facts here.


Because his facts are wrong.

1. They're signed by developers using Apple's signature, i.e., Apple-signed.

2. His second "fact" was actually mentioned quite clearly in both the teaser and the article, despite him claiming it isn't.
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My facts aren't wrong you anti-Apple troll.

1. You have no clue what you're talking about. They are signed using a certificate provided by Apple. The certificate is in the developer's name, not Apple's. Apple has no way of knowing what applications are being signed using that certificate or what those applications do. The only thing that may be wrong about my statement is I said a certificate needs to be purchased, turns out it may be available for free. There is conflicting information about that.

2. First you claim my facts are wrong, then you claim it's already in the article. It isn't. You said:

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.


Which is wrong, there is no restriction, even if you don't switch to the "Allow anything" setting.

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion can only run Mac App Store or Apple-signed applications by default. There is a master switch to switch between App Store-only, App Store+signed, and unrestricted (the current behaviour). In addition, you can force-install an application even if it violates the master switch.


Which is wrong, there is nothing to "force" to install an unsigned application and you are prompted a grand total of one time if you're sure you want to run an unsigned application.

However, this is all temporary, something to smooth us over. In Mac OS X 10.9, the master switch and force-install will be ever harder to find or relegated to CLI commands - after which it is removed completely.


This would be a paranoid fantasy and there is no evidence to indicate this is Apple's intention. As a matter of fact, if they were trying to slowly lock things down it seems they would start, you know, locking things down. On the contrary, they are making it easier for developers to get some of the good features of the App Store without having to use the App Store. You know, the exact opposite of your premise.

Unfortunately, OSNews has become so virulently anti-Apple, posting verifiable facts (with an entire article from someone who actually used the feature describing in detail how it works) is basically a waste of time.

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