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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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Anand, please get rid of these idiots
By TETRONG on 8/13/2009 12:21:39 PM , Rating: -1
"Loyal Drones"
Who do you think you are?
Do you possess even a smidge of journalistic integrity?

I, like many other people use apple products because of the third-party software and the fact that the hardware typically holds up in unusual environments(sweaty clubs, bow of ship, etc). That hardly makes me a "drone".

Am I meant to apologize because it costs a bit more and that pisses you off?
It's just a calculator like any other - get over it.

RE: Anand, please get rid of these idiots
By ksherman on 8/13/2009 12:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Usually I'm not hot and bothered by articles around here like many, but this is certainly a special one.

By BrandtTheMan on 8/13/2009 12:27:44 PM , Rating: 1
If that makes you hot and bothered you have issues.

By FITCamaro on 8/13/2009 12:36:23 PM , Rating: 2
Given that it's Mick saying it, it was probably a joke. Since he is one of the drones. ;)

By Murst on 8/13/2009 12:40:32 PM , Rating: 2
I, like many other people use apple products because of the third-party software and the fact that the hardware typically holds up in unusual environments(sweaty clubs, bow of ship, etc). That hardly makes me a "drone".

So you use apple products b/c of the third-party software developer tools? Or you develop apple software because apple hardware holds up in unusual environments?

Clearly, Mick called the apple developers who actually received the free software "drones". Do you still qualify?

Personally, I've developed software for OSX, and I don't find the comment insulting. I also wouldn't find it insulting to be called a MS drone when writing windows apps ( which is what I generally do anyways ). I find it kind of amusing, actually. Makes me think of Star Wars...

By JasonMick on 8/13/2009 1:06:37 PM , Rating: 5
Sorry to offend you, it was just a tongue-in-cheek reference to "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs" -- I'll remove it since you found it so onerous and hurtful.

"Plus you make a big deal of only hiring these super-high-IQ kiddies and the fact is that most of them truly are smart, but then you put them into this horribly dull and easy drone work on AdWords and AdSense and they're all bored to tears and totally disappointed because they really really really thought they were going to do something meaningful with their lives and now they're just worker bees -- pampered worker bees, sure, but still -- and maybe they should have taken that offer from McKinsey but they really thought Google was going to be so cool and blah blah blah."
-- The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs

By amanojaku on 8/13/2009 1:28:36 PM , Rating: 3
Anand? You mean Kristopher Kubicki.

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