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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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RE: Correction
By rs1 on 8/13/2009 1:00:45 PM , Rating: 4
Meh. Because I dislike Apple due to their aggressive, manipulative, heavy-handed, and just plain not-very-nice business practices that automatically makes me a MS fanboy? You fail at logic

How is the new Mac OS any more of a "service pack" than windows 7 after vista?

Let's see:

1. You do not have to buy $1000+ worth of hardware from Microsoft to run Win 7/Vista.

2. The EULA for Win7/Vista has no stipulation about where it is and isn't legal to install it.

3. OS X is completely useless as a standalone product. Without dedicated hardware purchased from Apple, it cannot (legally) run.

...and even if you want to ignore those points, the fairly minimal amount of changes included in the new OS X release provide the basis for an entirely separate argument. I don't think that's necessary however, because the way the OS X license ties it only to Apple hardware makes it more like a driver or a firmware than an operating system.

He is calling it what the company is calling it.

While the company can call it whatever it wants, I would expect a tech journalist/blogger to have more integrity and more intelligence than that.

RE: Correction
By Murst on 8/13/09, Rating: -1
RE: Correction
By Screwballl on 8/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: Correction
By Mojo the Monkey on 8/14/2009 1:37:00 PM , Rating: 3
but your points do not address the underlying argument at all. what i said had absolutely nothing to do with your numbered arguments. I am asking why this incremental step, being called derisively a "service pack" is any different than the incremental step between Vista and 7?

Do you get that argument? I am not pro-mac, but wondering why other OS's can pull the same behavior of minimally updating (basically a facelift) and call it a new OS and thats ok...

RE: Correction
By web2dot0 on 8/17/2009 2:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
What exactly does Win7 do so much better than Vista as what Snow Leopard does to Leopard?

They both improve performance, and robustness features. Enhancements to all aspects of the OS. What exactly does Win7 do so evolutionary that warrants its elevated status?

You may not be pro-mac, but you're also not logical. Name me some cold hard facts, not personal opinion.

RE: Correction
By Mojo the Monkey on 8/17/2009 12:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
You are misunderstanding my post. I never took the position that Snow Leopard was not worthy of the title if a "new OS". I think that both the Mac and Windows new operating systems are in comparable positions.

I took issue with singling out Mac, when the update is analogous to what MS is doing with Vista --> 7. Whether you want to call "worth of being a new OS, vs just an update" is up to you.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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