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.
Thread beginning with comment 507425
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Comment by howitzer86
by howitzer86 on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:33 UTC
Member since:

Are their any open-source programs in the Mac Store? You know, things like Blender and Gimp?

It would suck if people were restricted to ad-ridden shareware and commercial software. Assuming the idea of eliminating the switch was real, people would be forced to install Linux just to run free quality programs

Or would it?

Unless the internet is somehow appified and restricted too, the information showing how to do this should be freely available. People who want software outside of Apple's control will learn a lot in the process of regaining ownership of their machines - even if they are all powered by ARM processors and running restricted desktop environments.

I'm also surprised the writer didn't mention one other issue. If app distribution is restricted to one publisher, that publisher can charge any licensing fee and royalty they want. Just look at the music industry. A few big publishers, crazy high royalties, musicians get hardly nothing except for what they can scrounge up at special events.

That's going to suck. Never-mind the little guy too... the big guys are going to be pissed about it as well. Can you imagine Autodesk and Adobe being told that most of the revenue from their software will now go to Apple?

Finally, I know Apple doesn't care about anyone but the consumer... but their systems are used by many art production places, who probably wouldn't like it if they had to upload their proprietary in-house software to the Apple Store just to install it on their own machines. I don't think the switch is going away - because if it did, it would eat at the value of the final product.

No switch pisses off you the developer, it pisses off software companies, it pisses off artists - all large and small. It's cute that they put it there to make things simple and encourage people to use their market, but if they take that out they'll regret it. Heck, I think they can even be sued for it.

Reply Score: 5

RE: Comment by howitzer86
by ctwise on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:37 in reply to "Comment by howitzer86"
ctwise Member since:

You can't sell GPL software through the App Store. The App Store places additional restrictions on the software that the GPL doesn't allow.

You can sell open source software through the App Store that uses less restrictive licensing though, e.g., BSD.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[2]: Comment by howitzer86
by kaiwai on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by howitzer86"
kaiwai Member since:

Hence the reason why VLC has changed the license of their core Library infrastructure to LGPL so that they can distribute through the iOS and Mac App Store. IMHO I guess I do have a bias in preferring LGPL over GPL given that it strikes a balance.

Reply Parent Score: 2