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

I have a fedora install as well ... :|

I don't understand where the problem is coming from, developer X get Key Y and signs their applications with it ... users can install it ... I don't understand what the problem is.

My problem essentially revolves around two elements :
-Where does key Y come from ? The developer himself (self-signing) or a third party ?
-If it is a third party, may it choose not to provide keys to the developer and/or to revoke existing keys ?

Again, I have no problem with OS manufacturers maintaining their own repository, signed by them, fully under their control, integrated in fresh OS installs, etc... But I think that independently distributed software has its place too. OS manufacturers may not favor it, but making it artificially difficult to install and/or use crosses the line.

Is it easier to understand this way ?

Edited 2012-02-16 21:32 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The key is free from Apple. I don't see the problem with Apple wanting to keep it secure.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

The key is free from Apple. I don't see the problem with Apple wanting to keep it secure.


As many have pointed out, the Key costs 99USD. And incurs (hidden) costs, like being beholden to Apple.

What Neolander is arguing, is that while it is fine for Apple to have their own key (and to say signed apps are more secure), it shouldn't prevent people from installing/creating things without a key (which is precisely what happens in iOS).

Looking at the precedent set by iOS and Metro, it isn't a stretch to worry that is the direction we're heading in...

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