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

That's what Thom is talking about here. Signed repositories are not bad in themselves, they only become a problem when users are not able to install software from a third-party source without vendor-imposed hassle.


Unfortunately, Thom's anti-Apple blinders are on so tight he is spreading verifiably false information. There is nothing stopping user's from installing software from anywhere in Mountain Lion and there is, at the worst, a minor easily avoided vendor imposed hassle.

1. You can download signed software from anywhere. The certificate is in the developer's name and Apple has no way to restrict what is signed or where it's distributed.

2. Even if you are not using the "Allow anything" preference, all you need to do is right click an app, click open and then click through an "Are you sure" prompt. From then on you can run the app with no prompt.

There is nothing in this release that makes it difficult to get around Gatekeeper if it's turned on and there is an option to turn it off completely if my #2 is too much for you.

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