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NEW RELEASE: appleclean

For general release, for free, for all versions, past, present, and future. (After all, it's Unix.)

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BELGRAVIA (Rixstep) — London-based Rixstep today announce an update to appleclean, the free utility that keeps Apple users free.

Compatibility is now secured for coming versions, including 11.0 'Big Sur' and beyond.

(After all, it's Unix.)

Apple as a conscionable IT corporation got out of hand long ago. Condemned by Forbes, Fortune, the New York Times, in addition to, amongst others, respected venture capitalist Paul Graham, Apple seem intent on destroying all remaining good will.

Corporate and network managers are forced to take a long hard look at their options, review better open source alternatives, and plan for migration.

Those who are locked into Apple's 'walled garden' have tough choices ahead.

Rixstep offer a simple tool to help them until they can finally turn their backs on the entire sad story of 'Apple Inc'.

It's called... 'Appleclean'

The tool is called called appleclean, but it could be called anything. You are in fact invited to rename the tool to whatever you want.

Above all, you're encouraged to use appleclean religiously.

Downloading any file from the web, whether or not it be through Apple's web browser Safari, results in half a dozen arbitrary 'extended attributes' stuck to your file.

If your download is a 'zip' file, then unzipping this file with Apple's standard Archive Utility.app will result in each and every extracted item being impregnated with the same 'attributes'.

You have no way to detect this malfeasance with your standard Apple utilities, and no way to remove it either.

It is the presence of these extended attributes which enable Apple systems to exert complete control over your computer. This control is being exerted not for your benefit or your security, no matter what Apple executives may tell you.

This control stifles freedom and creativity, all the while adding billions annually to Apple's already overflowing coffers.

This control is diametrically opposed to Unix philosophy.

Rixstep's appleclean is an attempt to counter this control - it's a mere 3.8 KB download, and of course it's free.

This is not a permanent solution. No 'compromise' with Apple is a permanent solution. No conscionable software house can function in such an antagonistic environment.

But this will serve you well until you get out and far away from Apple.

How Appleclean Works

You run appleclean from the command line. You open Terminal.app. You navigate to the directory with appleclean (most often in ~/Downloads). Then you issue this command in Terminal.


You're now 'home free'. All files in your location are now cleansed.

That's all there is, really. No special settings, nothing to add.

Keep It Clean

Keep your ~/Downloads area clean and sparse. Use it for downloads only. Process your downloads immediately, then move them to other permanent locations.

  1. Keep appleclean in your downloads directory (~/Downloads).
  2. Complete your download to this same directory (~/Downloads).
  3. Open Terminal and navigate to ~/Downloads.
  4. ./appleclean


appleclean uses no system resources to speak of. It is active for only a few seconds.

The total download is only 3.8 KB (3920 bytes).


appleclean is compatible with all versions of Apple's OS from 10.14 Mojave, 10.15 Catalina, and through the coming 11.0 Big Sur and beyond.

(After all, it's Unix.)


Download appleclean here. The entire download is only 3,920 bytes. (And no, it is not a script, but a genuine executable binary.)

Come join the movement. Say 'yes' to Unix. Say 'no' to Apple.

Graphics from 'The Net' where the bad guy was also a malicious 'Gatekeeper'.

About Rixstep

Stockholm/London-based Rixstep are a constellation of programmers and support staff from Radsoft Laboratories who tired of Windows vulnerabilities, Linux driver issues, and cursing x86 hardware all day long. Rixstep have many years of experience behind their efforts, with teaching and consulting credentials from the likes of British Aerospace, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Lloyds TSB, SAAB Defence Systems, British Broadcasting Corporation, Barclays Bank, IBM, Microsoft, and Sony/Ericsson.

Rixstep and Radsoft products are or have been in use by Sweden's Royal Mail, Sony/Ericsson, the US Department of Defense, the offices of the US Supreme Court, the Government of Western Australia, the German Federal Police, Verizon Wireless, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Microsoft Corporation, the New York Times, Apple Inc, Oxford University, and hundreds of research institutes around the globe. See here.

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