[PD-dev] Mac Os now requiring Apple signatures on all SW !?

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Fri May 10 20:37:19 CEST 2013

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> From: Miller Puckette <msp at ucsd.edu>
> To: pd-dev at iem.at
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> Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:41 PM
> Subject: [PD-dev] Mac Os now requiring Apple signatures on all SW !?
>T o Pd devs - 
> I heard from a student that the neweset Mac Os (10.8?  not sure - perhaps we
> can just call it 'Cheshire Cat') won't run binaries of any sort that 
> haven't
> been signed by Apple - and that to get Apple to sign your app you have to
> register as a developer ($100/year) and still risk getting denounced as
> non-Apple-approved.  If this is really the case it puts all of us in a bind -
> for example to publish a piece of music that relies on a custom extern you'd
> have to pay out the $100 in perpetuity to keep the extern signed.
> Maybe this is overblown but if it's true it puts Pd devs in a bind - I think
> we're obliged to try to suppport Pd on Apple (so as not to undercut current
> Pd users who are on Mac) but to play along with Apple would be to participate
> in what is ultimately a scheme to wrest control away from computer users
> everywhere.
> I'd welcom others' views on this, especially if someome can tell me this 
> is
> a false alarm :)

I haven't read a single article or new story on anything resembling this.

Such a move would make the entire Apple ecosystem incompatible
with ALL GPL v3 software.  I suppose such a move isn't outside of the
realm of possibility, but if Apple did go down that road you can bet it
will effect more than just Pd-extended/Pd-l2ork.  So either a) its FUD,
or b) we would throw our weight behind whatever large-scale
organizing effort manifests itself (probably coming from the FSF) to
defeat such a move.

Either way it should not affect a single line of Pd code nor the development


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