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.
quote: You believe it should be for free?
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.
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.