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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Apple suicide
by siki_miki on Thu 16th Feb 2012 23:35 UTC
siki_miki
Member since:
2006-01-17

This is a big mistake. This is a PC, not a toy OS, and is used seriously by people who need to run some random application (even code compiled by themselves) that is never going to be found on the App store. If I can't install my latex version of choice, I will either jailbreak it or install Windows/Linux on it. How about emulators (banned from the iOS)? Java? Scripting??

Well let them do it, kill their own developer community if they wish. How about a teenage kid who finds out that it's now impossible to install pirate photoshop on this machine - and the retail version is $150 or so on Mac Store. He's going to end up switching to Windows (which will at least run classic apps for much longer).

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RE: Apple suicide
by viton on Fri 17th Feb 2012 01:12 in reply to "Apple suicide"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

How about a teenage kid who finds out that it's now impossible to install pirate photoshop on this machine
Obviously this is that they do not want to happen.
Why do not just install GIMP or whatever instead?

"Killing a developer community" is a bold statement.
Apple offers their development tools for free.

Most things will move to web anyway.
JS+WebGL is cool. You can be hardcore even here.
But native apps still needs to be written and nobody can take these opportunities from you.

Edited 2012-02-17 01:21 UTC

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