Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Jan 2011 22:59 UTC
Mac OS X Now that the Mac App Store has been snuck installed onto your machine alongside Mac OS X 10.6.6, you might be wondering - is there some way to remove that monstrosity of an application from my Mac? While it's not officially supported, it does seem like Apple has taken this scenario into account.
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Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Mon 10th Jan 2011 23:32 UTC
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Well, Apple got one thing right. (Actually having the "find something to open this" implemented in a way that has at least some chance of working without being a 3rd-party website unknown to the users who need it)

Ubuntu already suggests installable packages if you type an unrecognized command. (I think it's a Debian feature they inherited but I'm not certain)

It shouldn't be too hard for someone already familiar with the system and the social environment of the Debian project to extend APT to index MimeType lines in .desktop files and extension<->mimetype associations in whatever files hold those so a desktop association or patch can suggest installable handlers when you double-click an unrecognized file type.

Of course, on the other hand, "unrecognized" is a much smaller category on Linux, given that, if you don't have extension-based handlers installed, most filetypes get picked up as Zip or GZip or XML or plaintext by the header check.

Edited 2011-01-10 23:38 UTC

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