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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 1:05:09 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
You believe it should be for free?


Yeah, it should be, because in order to use it, you have to buy $1000+ worth of hardware from Apple. Given that the product cannot be used without an associated hardware purchase, Apple should not be charging users for it.

You believe that nvidia should charge for its driver updates? Or that Asus/MSI/Gigabyte/etc. should charge for their BIOS updates?

If a piece of software can only be used if you've purchased a piece of hardware from the same manufacturer, then that software should not be charged for. That's the model that pretty much everyone but Apple follows. But of course, if you really think that that is what "communism" is, then you have bigger problems.


RE: Correction
By SiliconDoc on 8/13/2009 4:12:44 PM , Rating: 1
Good reply, I see that shut them up entirely.
lol
+1 time


RE: Correction
By KWRussell on 8/13/2009 5:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
When Microsoft introduces architectural changes to the core of Windows, and releases them free of charge in a service pack, then your point about the nominal price of Snow Leopard will be valid. Until then, keep chugging the haterade. The old "OS X is tied to Apple hardware" whining is just changing the subject.


RE: Correction
By SiliconDoc on 8/14/2009 7:00:07 PM , Rating: 3
No, he actually made a very good point, and explained it sufficiently that one can easily guess even you comprehended, and that point you have failed to counter.
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You merely argued in defeat that the changes are a worthy upgrade to pay for - that doesn't negate his rock solid and substantial point, no matter how much BS you spew about chugging anything.
You should have tried " $29 is cheaper than the $99 msft charges for an OS upgrade ".
Then at least you'd have made an argument or a point, instead of a fool of yourself, while you spewed the blind fealty and stupidity lines calling someone else a hater - who obviously ISN'T - he had a logical and solid EXPLANATION, you doof.


RE: Correction
By KWRussell on 8/17/2009 12:26:01 PM , Rating: 2
I quote the original post...

quote:
Bringing updated 64-bit versions of many popular Mac programs, and other updates, the service pack also comes at an extortionary (sic) price point of $29 for one license.


Now take your corporation worship and shove it up your ass.


RE: Correction
By InsaneScientist on 8/18/2009 1:26:14 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
When Microsoft introduces architectural changes to the core of Windows, and releases them free of charge in a service pack, then your point about the nominal price of Snow Leopard will be valid. Until then, keep chugging the haterade. The old "OS X is tied to Apple hardware" whining is just changing the subject.


That's exactly what XP SP2 was... a significant architectural change to the core of the operating system.
Now, that was the exception, not the rule, and they haven't done it since... but you asked. :D

And no, I don't consider it a service pack, and I don't think the price is unreasonable. (even though I get Win 7 for free. :D )


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