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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I have a fedora install as well ... :|

I don't understand where the problem is coming from, developer X get Key Y and signs their applications with it ... users can install it ... I don't understand what the problem is.

My problem essentially revolves around two elements :
-Where does key Y come from ? The developer himself (self-signing) or a third party ?
-If it is a third party, may it choose not to provide keys to the developer and/or to revoke existing keys ?

Again, I have no problem with OS manufacturers maintaining their own repository, signed by them, fully under their control, integrated in fresh OS installs, etc... But I think that independently distributed software has its place too. OS manufacturers may not favor it, but making it artificially difficult to install and/or use crosses the line.

Is it easier to understand this way ?

Edited 2012-02-16 21:32 UTC

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