Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 15:47 UTC
Windows Casey Muratori dissects the consequences of Windows 8's closed distribution model. "But how realistic is the assumption that the Windows desktop will still be a usable computing platform in the future? And what would be the consequences were it to disappear, leaving Windows users with only the closed software ecosystem introduced in Windows 8? To answer these questions, this volume of Critical Detail examines the immediate and future effects of Microsoft's current certification requirements, explores in depth what history predicts for the lifespan of the classic Windows desktop, and takes a pragmatic look at whether an open or closed ecosystem would be better for Microsoft as a company." The section that details how none - none - of this year's greatest games (or last year's fantastic Skyrim) and only one of this year's Emmy-nominated TV shows pass Microsoft's rules sent chills down my spine.
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RE: If, but
by Alfman on Tue 16th Oct 2012 20:02 UTC in reply to "If, but"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

While microsoft and apple are the most visible corporate players today who are aiming to strip consumers of traditional software rights such as homebrew development, side-loading, self-modification, etc, their success (which remains to be seen in the long term) will only encourage others to adopt the same role of software gatekeepers. The closed ecosystems, over time, could snowball to include the majority of consumer devices in the future.

Even with android devices, which typically permit application distribution outside of app stores, there is already clear evidence of corporate pressure to ban end user sideloading.

http://crackberry.com/alec-saunders-clears-debate-future-side-loadi...
http://htcsource.com/2011/02/slideloading-apps-on-the-att-htc-inspi...
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Barnes-Noble-NOOK-Tablet-side-loading-A...

And this is just for sideloading of apps. We aren't talking about the idea of root on one's own hardware, where the battle is already lost even with android devices. Once the root exploits are fixed and hardware restrictions such as those in UEFI become more mature, the ability to root devices will forever be lost to history. "Is it true grandpa? You used to be able to install & run your own operating system?"

The thing I find really sad is that more knowledgeable people won't stand up against sideloading bans on account of the existence of root exploits today. It's a short term temporary "solution" to the long term problem which is corporate gatekeepers and walled gardens.

Edited 2012-10-16 20:07 UTC

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