Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:54 UTC
Mac OS X And so the iOS-ification of Mac OS X continues. Apple has just announced that all applications submitted to the Mac App Store have to use sandboxing by March 2012. While this has obvious security advantages, the concerns are numerous - especially since Apple's current sandboxing implementation and associated rules makes a whole lot of applications impossible.
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I actually agree...
by thavith_osn on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 23:42 UTC
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...with Thom for a change.

This is not good news for most things. OS X as iOS makes sense in a lot of ways, but certainly not all ways.

I like the idea of buying an app that will run on any "iDevice", including the new TV's when they turn up, I like the idea of one set of tools and coding once for all things.

Sandboxing is great for a lot of apps, and not having the ability to talk to standard devices on your Mac is just plain dumb, security be damned. Have restrictions like that will play into the hands of the big time guys and make computing for the guys in the garages basically impossible (unless they are writing simple apps). Apple will soon stop us downloading apps to the OS without AppStore, sadly you can see it coming. MS will do the same. I was sure this wasn't the case, but now I believe it just might be, lets hope we are wrong.

I think a lot of "us" might start using Linux / BSD / {insert cool non restrictive OS here} a lot more.

iOS is great for "most of them", but not good for "most of us". I have an iPad 2 here that I basically never use. I know a lot of people who love them, but I'm certainly not one of them, OS X on a laptop kills it (presently).

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RE: I actually agree...
by Moredhas on Fri 4th Nov 2011 06:42 in reply to "I actually agree..."
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2008-04-10

Linux is kind of going to gain traction by default, now. Microsoft and Apple, at the consumer side, are making a concerted effort to turn their backs on the professional market. Sure, Microsoft might still keep their server offering vaguely professional, but who the hell is going to know how to use it, once Metro has vomited all over Windows' desktop versions? Pretty much the only reason windows is considered "easy" to use is it's ubiquity, and I'm sure that's all that keeps it in the server room, and in cubicles, too.

Professionals who want a UI that hasn't been butchered, and who want to run more than just what Apple and Microsoft let them, will turn to some form of Linux. This won't happen overnight, it may not even happen during Window's 8's shelf life, but I think the bile the two major players are forcing on us will turn more people to Linux.

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