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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To be fair, bloodline has a point, in one sense. People (in general) really do buy things from a consumer's standpoint. If I buy a new stereo for my truck, I don't want to have to install a bootloader and system firmware to get beyond a lit up display, or go wading across the internet looking for codecs so it will play WMA and MP3 files as stated on the box. No, I want to be able to hook it up, put in a disc or tune a station and get music.

That's the consumer mindset, and while the geeky side of the population has grown in the past few years the vast majority of people are average folks who just want something to turn on and spit their favorite content at them.

That said, I really hope this kind of thing from Apple (and Microsoft too, with Windows 8) doesn't spell the end of general purpose computers. The Raspberry Pi mentioned by bloodline won't be around forever, and it isn't really meant as a general purpose computer but as a learning tool for the education market. It just so happens to be cheap and geek-friendly, opening the door to those of us who want or need something small, powerful and easy to develop for.

I really hope we aren't seeing the end of the BYOPC/OS (build your own PC and/or OS) era, but this is definitely a step in the wrong direction in my eyes.

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