Bootcamp + Windows 8: Trackpad++ trustworthy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kis, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. kis macrumors 65816

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    I need bootcamp for work and would like to run windows 8 on it. That works fairly well, except for the trackpad. In short: Apple's drivers suck / don't work. I've come across trackpad++. I tried it and it works great. However, I can't help but thinking that there's something fishy about that software. It requires you to disable Microsoft's application signature system in order to allow self-signed certs. It puts windows 8 into "test mode" (whatever that is) and it requires you to install some additional tools (Power Plan) also made by the same (Russian) developer.

    All of this makes my alarm bells go off - I need Windows 8 for work, so I'm not keen on having my work docs and credit card numbers end up on some dodgy Russian server.

    The developer seems to be an active member of the community and says the software needs to disable Windows' cert system because he can't afford to pay Microsoft to get accredited.

    Do any of you use trackpad++? Do you think it's ok?



    PS: the developer has voiced his concern that Apple might try to bad-mouth his drivers because they prefer having cripples drivers for Windows. I can assure you, I don't work for apple. I'm just a bit concerned because a simple driver installation messes with the whole security system. Also, I fail to see why the developer doesn't just sell the driver for 50 bucks a piece and pay Microsoft to get the driver signed. People who can afford retina MBPs will be more than happy to get a safe and well working driver for that money.
     
  2. Purant macrumors 6502

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    A lot of people don't like to do that. Free software may be dying on the mac platform, but it's still going strong on Windows and Linux. Although microsoft is trying to build its own "walled garden" with Windows 8.

    I don't know if the software is trustworthy (you could install a firewall and see if it tries to send data), but the reasons for doubting it are not valid.

    Disabling microsoft's digital signature verification is (almost) the same as disabling Gatekeeper. It's not that big of a deal.
     
  3. kis thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks - I didn't know that
     

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