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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by DOSguy on Fri 17th Feb 2012 11:06 UTC
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In Mac OS X 10.9, the master switch and force-install will be ever harder to find or relegated to CLI commands - after which it is removed completely

I suspect the master switch will eventually be removed, but I would be surprised to see this happen that fast.
The limited app-store model on iOS didn't pose any real problems, because there where no apps yet and it still is the only way ( without jail braking ) to deliver your apps on iOS.
Mac OS X already has an established software market, and sealing off the OS by restricting it to Appstore-only software will kill platforms/services like Steam on OS X. ( I don't think AAPL will allow Steam in their app store ) Can they get away with this without getting sued?

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RE: Hmmmm
by daedalus on Fri 17th Feb 2012 12:36 in reply to "Hmmmm"
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Well, it took Apple 2 revisions to remove PPC support entirely - 10.5 was available for PPC and included Rosetta on Intel, 10.6 allowed it via Rosetta as an option, 10.7 doesn't allow it. It basically forced the software developers to produce updated versions of their apps. If an app was no longer developed, tough luck. I can imagine this being a similar story: your app worked fine on 10.7, but won't on 10.9. Either buy an upgrade from Adobe or whoever, or use an older version of the OS...

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