graeme_p - 9:56 am on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
@dstiles, of course its linux repos are perfect, but the system is better than the Windows or MacOS alternatives.
OSX is not BSD. It's Unix. Some people think it's based on FreeBSD but its core is Mach with FreeBSD components.
It has a hybrid kernel with a lot of BSD derived code, and with some BSD derived userland, it seems reasonable to classify it as a BSD.
I don't see how Apple has any control over apps installed from outside the store.
That is part of the problem. Naive Linux users install everything from the distro's repository, more sophisticated users should be able to look after themselves.
The other part of the the problem is that MacOS has one copy per app of a third party library. Linux would usually have one shared copy installed which would be updated from the distro's repo. I.e. you are not reliant on apps being promptly updated to get security fixes to libraries.