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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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Until someone actually bothers releasing it, with a 1% market share on the desktop don't count on it soon.

The reason why they are bringing out these app stores is because people have pirate software soo much in the last decade or so.

If you want to blame anyone it is those that have pirated software. I can either release software where people are going to pirate it endlessly or give MS/Apple a percentage and get guaranteed income if someone is going to use my software.

Edited 2012-02-16 19:05 UTC

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Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Oh yeah, because companies like Adobe don't rake in obscene amounts of money so their CEO can swim in a giant pool of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck because of this "rampant piracy"? Even though companies like Microsoft want you to use Windows by any means necessary as you will become dependent on it.

Apple isn't doing this about COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, they are doing it so that they can skim money off the top of every piece of software you put on your computer, because SEVENTEEN BILLION DOLLARS is nowhere near enough money...

Oh, and for only having "1% marketshare" Linux is attracting allot more attention from software companies because of all the data showing that "pirate" less and are willing to spend a bit more then those on other OSs as the market is under served for certain software types. Sure, you won't ever see all the hundreds of thousands of crapware for Linux, for the fact that all of the smaller software packages have already been covered by F/OSS apps already in the repos.

Cause as I said before, I have pretty much no use for Windows or OS X anymore once Bitwig and Lightworks are ported. As for games, Whats been coming out via Gameolith, Desura and the LGP are more then enough to keep me entertained showing Linux as pretty much essential market for upstart game houses. Titles like OilRush!, Amnesia and Trine show even the little guys can make some pretty nice high graphics titles and at a fraction of the cost of the "AAA" clone a game companies.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Games you say? The only game that matters is Minecraft and it runs on Linux just fine thankyouverymuch!

All kidding aside, there have indeed been great indie games for Linux lately, and I think in part that is due to developers becoming comfortable with Android, and realizing that Linux isn't all that different. Of course, you can do much more with Linux as you aren't limited to one or two languages.

Wouldn't that be something though? A combination of Apple and Microsoft locking down their platforms just as coders are becoming confident in desktop Linux causing it to spike in popularity? It may never happen, but it's fun to think about.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Oh, and for only having "1% marketshare" Linux is attracting allot more attention from software companies because of all the data showing that "pirate" less and are willing to spend a bit more then those on other OSs as the market is under served for certain software types. Sure, you won't ever see all the hundreds of thousands of crapware for Linux, for the fact that all of the smaller software packages have already been covered by F/OSS apps already in the repos.


Anything on the server side is tbh pretty good.

Desktop hasn't changed for the better since about 2005 when I was running SuSE 9.2 and using Matlab.

I am sure there are some companies making some apps ... but I don't think you guys understand the huge money made by bespoke applications.

Anyway the Linux Desktop seems to be fucking the server side up now as well ...

http://blog.ngas.ch/archives/2011/12/13/the_destructive_desktop__md...

Cause as I said before, I have pretty much no use for Windows or OS X anymore once Bitwig and Lightworks are ported. As for games, Whats been coming out via Gameolith, Desura and the LGP are more then enough to keep me entertained showing Linux as pretty much essential market for upstart game houses. Titles like OilRush!, Amnesia and Trine show even the little guys can make some pretty nice high graphics titles and at a fraction of the cost of the "AAA" clone a game companies.


But I don't like playing those games, I like stuff like Call of Duty,Battlefield, Crysis and Star Craft II. But then again my favourite film is Predator, I am sorry I am the target demographic for most PC games.

If I want to play weird games I have my PS2 for stuff like Fatal Frame.

Unfortunately Linux Graphics stack is mess, and 3D runs faster on Windows, I don't see why I should cripple my system to run a free OS and yes I one of those guys that has Dual SLI graphics cards.

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