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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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by kragil on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:36 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
kragil
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2006-01-04

Is an AppleID for developers free? What about all the (cross-compiled) FOSS apps?

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by ctwise on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
ctwise Member since:
2007-02-28

No. An Apple developer ID is $99.

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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

No. An Apple developer ID is $99.


It is free to register but it costs $99 if you want to publish it on the App Store and also wish to have access to the preview releases. If you sign up as I do you only get access to documentation, released versions of SDK's and that is about it.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Is an AppleID for developers free? What about all the (cross-compiled) FOSS apps?


Yes, your iTunes AppleID is the same AppleID you use for development; the developer tools are free to download and from what I have seen Xcode 4.4 DP has been released as well which will most likely be a free download just like previous Xcode releases. It will be simply a matter of signing your final product that'll include the AppleID and voila when your application is distributed it can be traced back to you if you're doing something bad.

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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 16th Feb 2012 15:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

This isn't about how it is today. It's about the path we've headed into.

People called me crazy when I said Apple would eventually include a switch like this. Now people are calling me crazy again? We all know where this is heading: full curation, similar to iOS. If you STILL want to insist there's no sign of this happening... Well, then I'm afraid you're a lost cause.

Like I said - as long as their freedom is taken away in small bits and pieces, people don't give a shit.

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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by bouhko on Thu 16th Feb 2012 16:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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2010-06-24

And when I publish a "FuckApple" application, Apple will just delete my AppleID and user will see a big warning saying "This app is not safe".

I mean, why do I even need an ID to publish an application for anything ? It has been shown that it's easy to embed malware through Appstores (Android, Apple, whatever), so there is little gain in term of security. So why an ID ?

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