But I can’t find it in me to disparage this goodwill effort that Apple has undertaken to not turn every third-party developer upside-down with regard to app distribution. To me it’s a great sign that they’re aware and at some level sympathetic to our concerns, while remaining committed to a high-security experience for users.
This entire article is tremendous. It starts with an explanation of what application signing means. Then it moves on to talk about what Gatekeeper for Mountain Lion means. Frank shares the same fears that I do about the future of app lockdown on OS X, specifically saying that this might just be a stepping stone to that. But Frank also thinks Apple went out of there way to leave a solution that works for third-party non-App Store developers, so maybe it’s putting the cart before the horse.
(via Shawn Blanc)