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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Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

Unless secure boot stops us from using alternative operating systems of course. Will the switch to turn of secure boot on x86 systems be there forever?

Also, will cheap and widely available x86 systems be there forever ?

If some variety of ARM device becomes the de facto home computer, relegating x86 to a high-end workstation market, who will care if hardware costing thousands of dollars is able to run alternative OSs ?

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Neolander,

I want to be able to distribute my own software on whatever commodity desktops happen to be in common use, regardless of whether they are ARM/x86/etc.

I think that I should have the right to do so, and that my users should have the right to install it on their own hardware without the approval of a third party gatekeeper. Sure, a manufacturer gets to pick who is listed in their own store, but beyond that they need to promote their stores to users & devs by providing a superior experience and value-added benefits, not by locking the devices and eliminating choice.

The non-optional win-8 bootloader locks for ARM will make an otherwise happy transition to ARM become rather miserable for open developers like us.

Edited 2012-02-16 21:10 UTC

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Neolander,

I want to be able to distribute my own software on whatever commodity desktops happen to be in common use, regardless of whether they are ARM/x86/etc.

I think that I should have the right to do so, and that my users should have the right to install it on their own hardware without the approval of a third party gatekeeper. Sure, a manufacturer gets to pick who is listed in their own store, but beyond that they need to promote their stores to users & devs by providing a superior experience and value-added benefits, not by locking the devices and eliminating choice.

The non-optional win-8 bootloader locks for ARM will make an otherwise happy transition to ARM become rather miserable for open developers like us.

I wish that was a legally binding wish ;)

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

What makes you think you have any rights? Welcome to the brave new world where corporations have more rights than people.

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