Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2012 22:35 UTC
Mac OS X In agreement with Marco Arment? I shall quickly venture outside and inform myself of the possibility of catching a fleeting glimpse of an avian sus scrofa domesticus. "The Mac App Store is in significant danger of becoming an irrelevant, low-traffic flea market where buyers rarely venture for serious purchases. And I bet that's not what Apple had in mind at all." There's an issue with the Mac App Store: Apple runs the danger of chasing most serious applications away from the store. While I would personally consider this to be a big win for computing, I'm sure Apple doesn't exactly see it that way.
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Missed opportunity
by iswrong on Fri 27th Jul 2012 06:38 UTC
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2012-07-15

I could have liked the App Store very much: finally a central software repository, rather than a situation where every application has its own updater and installation method. More trust, less hunting around.

I can understand why Apple wants to sandbox applications, it reduces the attack vector when an application is exploited, or when a malicious application ends up in the App Store. Unfortunately, many of the applications that I use frequently do not fit in the current sandboxing model: VMWare since it installs drivers and requires direct hardware access, my GPS software (requires hardware access), Dropbox, etc.

The problem is that Apple wants to nanny us too much. They should have added many more entitlements, and ask the user if they approve in user-friendly terms. Then I could decide myself what an application is allowed to do on my system. Installing device drivers, VMWare? Sure! SuperDuperTwitterClient? Hell no!

Some will say that this is primarily a problem for power users. I beg to disagree, many of the applications that my non-techie friends use, will never be available in the app store. Besides that, we are talking about Macs, general purpose computers that people use for programming, design, etc. Not tablets!

We still get some protection via the 'only run signed apps' gatekeeper option. But it's all a missed opportunity. The Mac App Store could be a central repository of software, now it's primarily a repository of Apple software, some games, some utilities, and lots of junk.

Edited 2012-07-27 06:39 UTC

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RE: Missed opportunity
by zima on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 23:42 in reply to "Missed opportunity"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

They should have added many more entitlements, and ask the user if they approve in user-friendly terms. Then I could decide myself what an application is allowed to do on my system. Installing device drivers, VMWare? Sure! SuperDuperTwitterClient? Hell no!

That would probably just lead to "UAC fatigue" in most of its users...

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