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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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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chmeee Member since:
2006-01-10

Uhh... how do corporations have more rights than you? You do realize that you don't _have_ to buy the iPad, iPhone, or Win8 ARM machines, right? You're not being force-fed this stuff, it's all being made available. Now if you _want_ a Win8 ARM machine, you have to settle with the restrictions of the product _as_a_whole_, because it's being sold _as_a_windows_machine_ not as a do what you want machine. Once the hardware is in your hands you can do what you want. If you want to run Linux, you need to make the necessary changes _yourself_, they won't do it for you because it's not their job and it's not the purpose of the device. But you can do with the hardware whatever you want, it just may break the warranty (making the hardware do something it wasn't intended to do does not need to be warranted by the manufacturer, no matter how many people scream it does).

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