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Posted Aug 11, 2012 0:47 UTC (Sat) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
You also might notice that MacDesktops are catering to a niche audience. They explicitly don't try to unseat Windows desktop where it's strong (in a corporate setting).
Meanwhile GNOME is losing their existing marketshare (small as it is) and they can't really offer a strong competitive product.
Posted Aug 11, 2012 6:48 UTC (Sat) by liam (subscriber, #84133)
Posted Aug 11, 2012 7:29 UTC (Sat) by danieldk (guest, #27876)
Apple used to serve that demographic, but is moving more and more to the low-end mass consumer market software-wise. I used Aperture (Apple's raw editing software) before, nowadays, it is mostly neglected, unstable, and slow. In the meanwhile, I moved to Lightroom, since Adobe seems to care for that market. Apple invests more in 'toy variants' of FCP and Aperture, namely iMovie and iPhoto. My wife uses both, and they are not really able to handle large amounts of material, and lack in many areas (e.g. geocoding in iPhoto, because low-end users alls use an iPhone as their photo camera).
The operating system is also slowly changing towards non-power users. E.g. they replaced the sane Exposé/Spaces by Mission Control in 10.7, which sucks, and full-screen apps (also introduced in 10.7) don't work with multiple monitors (one screen is just a grey canvas). Also, Mountain Lion (10.8), while still being very usable, slowly made the next step towards iOSification: by default it only runs signed applications or applications from the app store. I won't be surprised if the next version runs only app store applications by default.
Posted Aug 11, 2012 12:57 UTC (Sat) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
oops, someone just fell into the FUD machine. This is definitively not true.
Posted Aug 11, 2012 13:34 UTC (Sat) by alankila (subscriber, #47141)
So I go to disable this protection and a dialog pops up that says something along the lines of this: "You can actually ctrl-click if you just want to run some application while this protection is enabled. Do you still want to disable it?"
I did not disable the protection, and it made some kind of entry in its database that says LO is allowed to run forever on this computer, and everything kept on working.
Posted Aug 11, 2012 17:18 UTC (Sat) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Posted Aug 11, 2012 18:09 UTC (Sat) by danieldk (guest, #27876)
Posted Aug 11, 2012 18:07 UTC (Sat) by danieldk (guest, #27876)
I used Mountain Lion since the earliest beta's, and it is true. By default it only runs signed applications (and applications from the app store are, by requirement signed). Running an unsigned application will give an error. However, you *can* disable this in the security settings, so that it will run every application.
Posted Aug 11, 2012 20:05 UTC (Sat) by Kit (guest, #55925)
It only prevents applications downloaded from the Internet that are /completely/ unsigned (and only if the program that did the downloading marked them as such). Self signed apps will receive a scary warning, but can still be opened, while apps signed with an Apple-provided certificate will work fine (doesn't matter if they're distributed via the App Store).
This means that already-run apps will work just fine, as would apps that are acquired via physical media (such as CD/DVD/flash sticks).
The reporting has done a fairly poor job of explaining exactly what it restricts and how it functions, unfortunately.
Posted Aug 11, 2012 7:53 UTC (Sat) by Rehdon (guest, #45440)
My personal anecdotal evidence (= every Linux user I know has moved to something else, like XFCE, after Gnome 3 was out) plus all the comments (thousands of them, some quite ... energetic :) by people disapproving of the new "philosophy", plus a surge in alternatives (Unity, MATE, Cinnamon, and see the current Nautilus-forking fest) is enough to convince me that Gnome is indeed losing its existing user and developer base, that the Linux desktop is now much more fragmented than it was just a few months ago and that it will stay that way for quite some time. Unfortunately.
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