I am currently not a member of the Mac Developer Program, so I’m not in a position to test Oolite on the gold master released a few days ago. I expect it to work, but 10.7 exposed bugs in the sound system and they probably won’t have got any better.
More importantly, 10.8 features GateKeeper, a security feature which by default prevents applications downloaded from the net from running unless they have a digital signature certified by Apple. This means that by default, newly-downloaded copies of Oolite will not be allowed to run under 10.8, because it’s “from an unidentified developer”. You can bypass this behaviour as follows:
- Select Oolite in the Finder.
- Hold down the control (“ctrl”) key and click the Oolite icon.
- Select Open from the pop-up menu.
- You now get the traditional “This is an application downloaded from the Internet” warning, and can choose to open it.
To the best of my understanding, the options for becoming an “identified developer” are:
- Start a company specifically for Oolite, and get a Mac Developer Program account for the company. ($99/year plus company setup cost)
- Designate one person to release every future version of Oolite forever, and use a Developer ID tied to that person’s personal account. ($99/year plus cost of ensuring immortality)
Neither option is tenable for a strictly-not-for-profit project with shifting membership. As such, I have no intention of pursuing “identified developer” status for Oolite at this time.
Note: I have attempted to restrict this post to publicly-available information. My thinking is informed by information that is under non-disclosure.