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 MOS6510 on Fri 17th Feb 2012 12:09 UTC
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This signed/app store stuff doesn't lock a Mac down, it does make thing easier/safer for normal users.

In the future it may become mandatory, which I (and you) wouldn't like.

But for 99% of the users it doesn't matter and would be better. If there is a hidden button to mess up a computer, people will find it and press it. The iPhone and iPad don't have such a button and don't get messed up.

Sure, it would be great if dumb people could use a computer and never have to call us when they break it. But for us it wouldn't be great. I'd keep my Mac, but I'd put a Linux PC next to it.

But let's hope Apple will never go that far and not leave any option. Right now it would't make sense anyway, but times can change.

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