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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Your reasoning is good until you take the factor "workplace" and "market share" into account.

Eventually, the market share of such capped machines will be so high for one particular vendor, that the very software that you makes a living will require one these little monsters to work. And portability will not be a option thanks to a obfuscated API of the high-level tools used to develop these software, or the software is done by the same vendor of the machine.

That's the why today several people here at OSNews has dual-boot machines, even if they hates his secondary OS.

The situation will be thousands time worse in that hypothetical future, because you will need to actually have a second machine, and that sometimes is not a option for low income people.

You will also make your company even more dependent of the good will of a single monopolist supplier for all your IT needs. Your company will need to spend money just to have his custom software signed to work on theses machines. And as market share grows, the price of the signature will just too, and guess what? They could change you by machine, or even by processor cores, for something that you made (a internal software) to be used by your company.

This hypothetical monopolist will also wield the power to smash your way of living if he wants by simple revoking your developer ID for example. You need to be just slight inconvenient to them to face such fate.

Out of all the replies yours makes the most sense. I agree that would suck, but I also believe it wouldn't be the end of the world for geeks. We'll still be able to do what we do. I mention the possibility of higher development costs and lower returns in my first post.

We are talking hypotheticals though - What the government, Apple, and Microsoft *might* do - What the market *might* be like.

Since there's no doubt in you that the free market is not enough to ensure continued free use and development for computers (and I'm borderline on it TBH), all that's left to ask now is:

Do you favor preemptive action on the part of the government do deal with that situation? And just how would they deal with it? Break Microsoft and Apple up? Make vendor lock-in illegal? Institute software development license price controls?

I favor an in-market civilian reaction, which is simply to create a better product. Anything other than that is top-down government intervention, and the government just doesn't understand computer technology... I couldn't trust them to work in our interest even if we had the money to bribe them to do it.

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I don't trust government for anything distantly related to market controls in IT industry.

I live in a country (Brazil) that in the early of 80's, the government created a bizarre thing called Federal Law nÂș 7.232/84, or simple "National Informatics Policy". This little tool was a attempt to develop a domestic IT industry by creating a market reserve, severely restricting foreign participation in the IT industry, and also to establish national standards to be used by civilians and the government itself.

This law single handed sunk the entire country in a IT dark ages that lasted 20 years.

Instead of developing the national IT market, the national manufacturers accommodated themselves with their newfound security. The market was supplied with vastly outdated overpriced machines, that was nothing more than badly done copies of older models sold anywhere. This also generated a shortage of IT equipment of all kinds in the market, because the manufacturers only bothered to grant themselves with a steady source of income through bribery in a attempt to become a government supplier.

Anyone who was not from the government or worked in a large multinational had to wait months in a queue to get his machine or resort to the second hand market, all to get a high priced machine near a decade behind the ones sold in USA for a fraction of the price.

Even after the law was expired in 1992, the entire 90s was not enough for a recovery. By the end of the law, we was left with a disjointed chain of suppliers without expertise with foreign manufacturers, national manufacturers desperately trying to push a new market reserve law (and destined to bankruptcy, who eventually happened), a under qualified work pool used with the slow changing national IT industry... it was the hell.

If i learned something from our past, is that the government should stay away from the IT market.

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