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Steve Jobs gifts a new OS to the loyal developers

Among the Apple loyalists one of the most eagerly awaited fall events is the release of OS X Snow Leopard.  Bringing updated 64-bit versions of many popular Mac programs, and other updates, the operating system also comes at a wallet-friendly price point of $29 for one license.

Apple's Golden Master build (Apple's fancy way of saying RTM build) is typically delivered to company employees and a handful of developers.  With the delivery of the Snow Leopard Golden Master, Apple has reportedly ditched the exclusivity and given all registered Mac OS X developers a chance to get in on the action.

The build is numbered 10A432 and it will be copied and released to customers on optical media in about a month.  Also included is Snow Leopard Server, build 10A433, and potentially the final release of QuickTime 7, version 7.6.4.  The client image is 6.1GB, while the server image weighs in at 5.5GB.

The OS's installation process recently went public this Wednesday, with few surprises.  With no official release date exists for the OS, other than a tentative "September" target, it is unknown when Mac enthusiasts can get their fingers on it.  However, given that the Golden Master build has aired, it appears headed for an early September release.

As evidence of the OS's popularity, a pre-order on Amazon was the site's top selling software product a week ago.



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Rumors!
By dagamer34 on 8/13/2009 12:06:57 PM , Rating: 4
Rumors of a GM seed != Apple declaring a GM seed. And since they have a month of leeway left before the needed 2 weeks for manufacturing and shipping, if a showstopper were to be found, then this "GM seed" would be pushed back and development would continue.

Last thing Apple needs is something like the 10.5 Finder bug.




RE: Rumors!
By ksherman on 8/13/2009 12:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
Just about to say the same thing. This build was only rumored to be the Golden Master build.


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