So while I was gone the next version of OS X got announced.
Some say it’s “the new Snow Leopard” (the thing you upgrade to and stick to for ten years because everything else sucks), others have less nice things to say about it. Me? I have no fucking idea, I’m still a version or two behind. Gave up on upgrading as soon as they made it look like fucking iOS. Speaking of locked down systems though, apparently OS X is continuing to head in that direction as well.
The soon-to-be newest version introduces “System Integrity Protection”, which prevents anything and anyone from modifying stuff like system files. Fine and fucking dandy, you’d say. Most users don’t need it anyway and it keeps malware from messing with all the important things. What’s less fine though, is that you have to jump through hoops (go into recovery mode) to disable it. Why would you? Because some of us actually need to be able to modify these core resources.
But now we can’t, not as easily anyway. This means a lot of great applications will have their main functionalities stolen away from them, because let’s be fair, they can’t ask users to disable what is essentially malware protection. As safe as this makes things, a lot is being sacrificed. It would’ve been much better if they made it a simple checkbox in the security settings, like they did with Gatekeeper. But no, apparently functionality and customizability take a back seat here.
That’s where most every OS is heading though: safety and simplicity, power users be damned.