Feeds

Apple Snow Leopard update sets stage for Lion

The install before the install

Intelligent flash storage arrays

If you plan to install Mac OS X Lion on your Mac when that new operating system becomes available next month, you'll first want to install the latest Mac OS X Snow Leopard update, 10.6.8, which was released on Thursday.

After all, Lion will be distributed through the online Mac App Store, and the Snow Leopard 10.6.8 update adds "Enhancements to the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion," according to Apple's support website.

Software Update dialog for Mac OS X 10.6.8 update

Want Lion? Feed Mac OS X 10.6.8 to Snow Leopard first

In addition to the leonine tweaks to the Mac App Store, 10.6.8 includes improved iPv6 and VPN support, the identification and removal of "known variants" of MacDefender malware, Kerberos authentication to web-proxy servers, additional camera RAW profiles, and more.

And then there's our particular favorite: "Corrects timezone data in iCal for Lisbon-Portugal." Ah, bugs – there's always somethin', eh?

Apple has also released Security Update 2011-004, but as is traditional with Cupertinian security updates, details have not yet been posted on the appropriate web page – but they will be soon.

On both our 11.6-inch MacBook Air and 27-inch iMac, the 10.6.8 update weighed in at 275.3MB — but, of course, your mileage may vary.

Also available are Epson 2.7 and Lexmark 2.5 printer driver updates. In their full incarnations downloaded from Apple's support site, they're 961.5MB and 147.5MB, respectively. But if you install them through Software Update running on your particular system, they're likely to come in at far smaller megabytages. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.