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Not on my Mac
Authored by: Mac Berry on Dec 02, '07 01:32:08AM
I think maybe this is behaving as designed on my Mac, and that those who it's annoying are seeing a bug not a design feature.

For me, I download an application, usually as a .dmg or a .zip file, and get no warning at all when I mount the .dmg or extract the .zip. I then install the application by dragging the .app to Applications, and still no warning. I then run the app, and get a warning the first time ONLY, reminding me where it came from (see http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mark.berry93/warning.png). Even scripts executed directly from the download location (such as the test.sh someone posted) only show the warning once.

Pretty logical and sensible, and surely a long way from annoying.

And no, I don't agree there should be an easy way to turn it off. A hidden hack yes, but one of the reasons I moved to Macs in the first place was that I got totally fed up with my daughters wrecking their XP machines doing stupid things they didn't understand, having turned off warnings they also didn't understand. Yes they can just click through this dialogue too, but at least it's written in layman's terms, and is not one of hundreds I have to educate them to take notice of.

Make it easy to turn off, and it'll be turned off by the people who most need it!

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