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Mac App Store vs Website version?


Posted on November 15, 2014
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One of the questions I keep getting from time to time is regarding the difference between the MAS version of Peppermint and the one being sold here, on our website.

So, here we are.

Basically, the two versions are identical, from a technical point of view. But, here comes the tricky part: since June 1st 2012, all apps submitted to the Mac App Store must be Sandbox-ed. And the MAS version of Peppermint is sandboxed, too.

So, what is the Sandbox?

Well, if you don’t know already, let me put it simply: it’s a set of strict safety rules, every app must abide by, according to Apple, in order to be eligible for the App Store. And these rules may at times include seemingly harmless functions – your Mac won’t actually be any less safe with Peppermint, trust me!

How is the Sandbox affecting Peppermint?

So far, the only functionalities currently disabled in the App Store version are all related to xcrun and the Xcode-related compilers. Thus, in a few words, the Run plugins for C/C++/Objective-C and Swift are disabled.

So, if you need those compilers (ok, and maybe a bit faster update times), you’d better choose the non-sandboxed unlimited (licensed and updateable) version offered on our website.