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
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2010-03-08

You can download signed software from anywhere. The certificate is in the developer's name and Apple has no way to restrict what is signed or where it's distributed.

AFAIK, Apple is the only source of signing keys and may blacklist any key they have delivered previously using OS security updates. If both of these statements are true, they have enough resources to ban software from any developer at will, though possibly not in a fine-grained way.

Even if you are not using the "Allow anything" preference, all you need to do is right click an app, click open and then click through an "Are you sure" prompt. From then on you can run the app with no prompt.

Sure, when running a program on OS X doesn't work, your first idea is to right click it, especially considering the frequent use of right clicks in the OS X UI and the simplicity of performing a right click on Macs...

I am not saying that running unsigned software is impossible on OS X 10.8, though it may become the case in later releases of OS X. But it does seem that Apple want to make it difficult on purpose.

Edited 2012-02-16 21:16 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

But it does seem that Apple want to make it difficult on purpose.


Don't forget the stern warnings that pop up when you try to do so.

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brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

Using right clicks in OSX is entirely easy...my MS Intellimouse does it without issue. Apple is creating a comfortable curated environment while still allowing geeks and anyone else to install apps from any other source...sounds like a win-win to me.

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