Feeds

Mac OS X Lion to include browser-only boot

Google Chromebook redux?

The essential guide to IT transformation

Here's an interesting bit of news for the conspiratorially minded: Apple's soon-to-be-released Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, will allow you to boot directly to the Safari browser, bypassing the desktop and Finder entirely.

But before you go all Chrome OS all over yourself, however, thinking that Apple is about to mimic Google and turn Lion into a browser-based OS, note that this "Restart to Safari" option, as uncovered by a MacRumors tipster, is accessed not from the log-in screen, but from the lock screen – the password-protected access dialog that you can set in System Preferences > Security > General.

As such, "Restart to Safari" is merely a way to trick doofus thieves into booting a stolen Mac into Safari-only mode and bleating that Mac's IP address to world+dog, thus allowing Lion's "Find My Mac" anti-theft feature to kick in and trap said doofus without allowing him (and, yeah, it'd most likely be a guy) to access any of the Mac's user files.

We also could see this feature making it possible for IT folks to easily lock out equally doofistic users from anything other than web access – does that web-researching intern or temp really need full access to the Guest user area, eh?

Or, for that matter, Restart to Safari could be used to turn a Mac into a kiosk – albeit one with full web access.

Although we at The Reg are more than willing to ascribe nefarious intent to many of Apple's efforts to control its users, in the case of Restart to Safari, it appears that there's no hidden Jobsian control-freak agenda.

So far... ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
Told to cough up more details as antitrust probe goes deeper
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.