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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Mandatory App Store
by David on Fri 4th Nov 2011 00:55 UTC
David
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I do not share your certainty that the App Store model will become the only method of installing software on Macs. I actually think it's more likely that the iOS ecosystem will end up with an usupported jailbreak mode first (not that I think that's likely). The truth is, there's a reason why the PC spawned the computing revolution. The computing industry started out totally cowboy, where everyone had to write all their own software (1950s-70s). When PCs from various makers first started to come out, there was a flirtation with locking things down for the sake of making computing more accessible, such as PCs that used ROMs or cartridges for apps, and purpose-specific word processors that only supported one task. (1980s). Ultimately, people started getting more sophisticated and demanded more flexibility, and the marketplace met them halfway: even Apple embraced more freedom with what you could do with your computer. (3rd and 4th generation Macs were much more open than 1st generation ones). I think there's a decent chance the same cycle is repeating itself on the mobile front.

Apple may miss the party out of hubris and greed, and Microsoft may backslide because they never met a bad idea they didn't like, but I think that the freedom of a general-purpose PC, handheld or not, is too powerful to hold back. Personally, I think Apple will come around. A sandboxed App Store is a beautiful thing for people's grandmas and cubicle drones who would gladly install malware because it lets them make their cursor into a penis shape, and it has its value.

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RE: Mandatory App Store
by dsmogor on Fri 4th Nov 2011 08:16 in reply to "Mandatory App Store"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Looking at newest shell developments (KDE aside) they are already ahead of competition.
Of course you can always fire up xterm and feel right at home, but you can do it on OSX as well.

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RE: Mandatory App Store
by karunko on Fri 4th Nov 2011 09:25 in reply to "Mandatory App Store"
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2008-10-28

The truth is, there's a reason why the PC spawned the computing revolution.


But... but... but... I've been told Apple started the computer revolution?!? ;-)


RT.

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RE[2]: Mandatory App Store
by David on Fri 4th Nov 2011 15:35 in reply to "RE: Mandatory App Store"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I LOL'd at your response. But to give Apple's PR machine credit, I was using the term PC generically to mean Personal Computer, and the Apple ][ was right in there with the rest of them. Apple has always straddled the line between user freedom and a "just works" ethos that's sometimes anathema to user freedom. The Apple ][ was freer, then the Mac backslid, then later Macs were freer, then iOS was a backslide.

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RE: Mandatory App Store
by ZombieFish on Fri 4th Nov 2011 11:56 in reply to "Mandatory App Store"
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2011-11-04

A sandboxed App Store is a beautiful thing for people's grandmas and cubicle drones who would gladly install malware because it lets them make their cursor into a penis shape, and it has its value.


And that, dear sir, is 99.99% of computer users. We tend to forget that.

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