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Apple is blocking users from running apps (obscure workaround aside) unless the developer pays a yearly fee. How is that not racketeering?

To be clear, we’re not even talking about the App Store here. This is for WWW-distributed Mac apps of the regular kind.

Why do you feel it's racketeering?

Apple is charging developers money to avoid a problem imposed by Apple themselves.

To be fair, the developer subscription includes tools and documentation for Mac/iOS specific development that a price tag is fair for. But for the use case of cross-platform (e.g. Java) open-source development, not even a standard CA-rooted code signing certificate allows distribution without the security error. You have to pay Apple for one, or else your app is 2nd class and your users need workaround instructions.

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