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Mac OS X Lion Has a Browser-Only Mode 231

Posted by timothy
from the meme-gets-around-quick dept.
dkd903 writes "It turns out that there is a feature in OS X Lion which no one expected and was never announced at WWDC. The feature we are talking about is 'Restart to Safari.' As you might have guessed from the name, this feature makes it possible to restart the Mac into just the Safari browser and nothing else."
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Mac OS X Lion Has a Browser-Only Mode

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  • by bsharp8256 (1372285) on Monday June 13, 2011 @07:52PM (#36430598)
    I didn't realize Windows was a business.

    The answer to the question "why is Microsoft still in business?" is because Apple doesn't license its operating system to OEMs. Apple is a hardware company, and they want you to buy their stuff. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because it's the reason Macs have the reputation of just working. Restrict the hardware you have to support to a very limited range and you can work out all the bugs.

    Microsoft, however, allows any Joe Dirt to buy OEM licenses and install on any homebuilt computer. And so we have the great trade-off: Monopoly on hardware and higher unit prices, but fewer bugs vs. Competition from different manufacturers and lower prices, but more bugs and security issues.

    Most people go for the lower priced computer.

    Disclaimer: I own a MacBook Pro and various home-built desktops
  • by friedmud (512466) on Monday June 13, 2011 @08:08PM (#36430778)

    Actually... Apple did mention as part of "Find My Mac":

    http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/07/os-x-lion-developer-preview-4-adds-find-my-mac/ [macrumors.com]

    The idea has three purposes:

    1. Guest Access (as has been pointed out here)
    2. Recovery. If you hose up your HD it may be possible to troubleshoot using this browser. It actually boots from a "recovery partition"... so your actual OSX installation doesn't even need to work.
    3. Finding a stolen / lost machine. The idea is that if someone picks up your machine and tries to use it.... they might use this browser mode for a while allowing "Find my Mac" to phone home and show the coordinates of the machine.

    That last one seems dodgy to me.... but that's the rumor going around the Mac sites.

    Personally, I think Guest Access is a great idea. If I know I'm going to have people over to my house all evening (maybe to watch football)... I can leave a laptop around in this mode for anyone to use all evening... without fear that they are getting into my personal stuff.

    One final note: This is only enabled after downloading the iCloud installer to go with Lion preview.... just in case anyone else out there is trying to figure out how to use it.

  • by 0100010001010011 (652467) on Monday June 13, 2011 @08:32PM (#36430994)

    You can still directly into any X app if you want.

    I just checked and ">console" login still works on Snow Leopard.
    1) Edit login options to display the login window as "Name and password"
    2) Logout of all accounts and login with the username ">console"
    3) Enjoy your Darwin shell.

    It's not much different at all than the Linux shell. If you install Gnome, XFCE, KDE, etc. You can launch them with startx. If you want to boot straight into another application edit your startx scripts (.xinitrc, etc).

    I'm sure you can compile Chrome, Firefox, and the like to not use Aqua and just the X11 libraries.

  • Re:STR (Score:4, Informative)

    by billcopc (196330) <vrillco@yahoo.com> on Monday June 13, 2011 @09:38PM (#36431468) Homepage

    Suspend to disk has nothing to do with hardware, and everything to do with drivers. From the hardware's perspective, resuming from disk is no different than a cold boot. It's up to the OS to reload the memory contents and initialize hardware back to pre-suspend state.

    With the right programming, you could use S2D on an ancient 286 PC. There was a popular game cheating TSR that did just that, to provide "save anywhere" functionality in just about any DOS game. On top of memory dump/restore, it also managed state for a few sound cards like the SB16/Pro and GUS. I can't remember if it was Pro Action Replay or another, but it was pretty big back then.

  • by yarnosh (2055818) on Monday June 13, 2011 @10:59PM (#36431976)

    They sit around for 23 hours a day because they CAN. They cover all of their survival needs in 1 hour a day. That's not lazy. That's efficient. U jelly.

    My Mac eats small children too. OS X Lion is fitting.

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