Steax wrote:No, it's only partially locked down: there's a difference with fully locked down things, like iOS or proprietary firmware entirely. No, I just said it was never designed to be replaced; call it locked down if you want, Apple and the vast population just sees little reason to care.
Only partially? The system is entirely DRM for crying out loud. Sure, that's less of a pure software lockdown, and more of a locking between the software and hardware, but it's there nonetheless. And that causes some other issues.
For one, why does Apple arbitrarily disallow older computers from upgrading? Sure, you can argue that you can install a new Windows or GNU/Linux distro onto it, but then why bother with the hassle of switching entirely different platforms?
For another, what happens if you want some kind of hardware that Apple doesn't have? Well, you're shit out of luck there, aren't you?
And great, now you're comparing 3rd party software as if Apple made it themselves!
Errr... no, I wasn't? I was merely pointing out it's ridiculous to count a 3rd part proprietary application you have to buy as an option to remove a simple feature.
Okay, I hereby conclude that you're just trolling. I'll reply when you get past that allergy of everything proprietary or even the slightest bit controlled.
Well, I don't have an allergy to everything
proprietary; I still have Flash, proprietary codecs for audio and video formats, and maybe proprietary drivers (haven't checked, but Fedora has binary blobs).
Steax wrote:I'm not talking of all desktop users, I mean OS X users. Why would a non-OS X user care about removing the dock? By "vast population", I mean "the vast majority of OS X users."
And I'm sure the vast majority of iOS users don't care that they can't install apps not from iTunes. Of course the vast majority of users don't care. That's trivial.
Copper Bezel wrote:Presumably because it's the app listening for keystrokes (where in Linux that would a role of the WM.) But, you know, the reverse can be true under Linux - from scrotwm to Gnome's Mutter and Unity's Compiz, there are a fair number of wms that provide the system panels. So yeah, you might be able to kill the panel without disabling features of or changing out your wm, but you couldn't do the reverse.
... I'm not sure exactly what you mean by 'the reverse'?