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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Long Time Coming
by ashes_786 on Fri 17th Feb 2012 01:08 UTC
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2011-10-22

I read through the OS X announcement on Engadget earlier today and I cringed at the Gatekeeper part, instead of making sure that all the windows and doors are locked Apple have decided to just brick up the font door in the name of security. Richard Stallman despite all of his badly thought through rants was right, in a proprietary system users are discouraged from understanding how their machines work and in order to prevent users from understanding more and more freedom is taken from them, its a downward spiral. It won't be long now till PC's become like TV's you turn in on, hit a button and your on FaceBook, another button now you've got YouTube, this is inevitable in a consumerist society.

I remember reading the article Thom wrote about how Apple would lock down OS X and as a Mac user I was disappointed and it seems he was right. Now if only it was less of a pain installing Ubuntu on the 2011 Mac Mini...

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RE: Long Time Coming
by viton on Fri 17th Feb 2012 01:25 in reply to "Long Time Coming"
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2005-08-09

in a proprietary system users are discouraged from understanding how their machines work


https://developer.apple.com/devcenter/mac/index.action
http://opensource.apple.com/

Now if only it was less of a pain installing Ubuntu on the 2011 Mac Mini...

Sell your mac, buy a PC until it is not locked.
Problem solved

Edited 2012-02-17 01:32 UTC

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RE: Long Time Coming
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 17th Feb 2012 01:36 in reply to "Long Time Coming"
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2006-12-05

Heh... must suck to have actually bought recent Mac hardware. I'm glad I was broke and had so many other things that I was interested in spending my money on, because I was really considering a Mac (if only to play around with the OS) for a while. At the time I was interested, if I were to have bought one, it wouldn't have taken much time at all that Apple was building one hell of a brick wall against their users' freedom of installing software on their own machines, and given Apple's already-overpriced generic hardware, I could imagine how pissed off I would be now after reading about this.

Luckily, Apple's always-high prices persuaded me against buying a Mac. So, thank you Apple--I appreciate it!

Edited 2012-02-17 01:50 UTC

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RE[2]: Long Time Coming
by viton on Fri 17th Feb 2012 10:36 in reply to "RE: Long Time Coming"
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2005-08-09

I could imagine how pissed off I would be now after reading about this.

Pissed off because of what?
Windows already has "non-signed executable" warning since 2007. What happened to your freedoms?

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