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Mac OS X 10.6.8 to Remove MacDefender, Get Mac App Store Ready for Lion


Apple seeded developers with Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K531) on Friday. As first noted by fscklog.com, the 10.6.8 update will offer a number of interesting enhancements.

First, Apple will use the 10.6.8 to identify and remove known variants of the Mac Defender malware. Apple released a support document last week detailing the Mac Defender malware and promising a software update to remove it. It appears 10.6.8 will be the update that accomplishes it.

Next, Apple is said to be "enhancing the Mac App Store" to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion. Lion is believed to be offered to customers via the Mac App Store. It is presently distributed to developers via Mac App Store downloads, so it's no stretch of the imagination that Apple will also be offering it to customers in the same way. Apple is expected to provide more details about Mac OS X Lion at the annual Worldwide Developer's Conference which kicks off on June 6th.

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47 months ago
I really want to buy Lion through the App Store as soon as it comes out, but I wonder if we'll be able to burn a Lion DVD, using the downloadable version.
There are occasions when a bootable OS DVD is the only way to format your Mac and I really don't want to install Snow Leopard and then upgrade to Lion every time I decide to format my HDD.
Rating: 14 Votes
47 months ago

Jobs said it would be released in June. If its not at WWDC, then they only have a couple of weeks to meet the deadline.


I'm pretty sure they said it would ship this summer. Or did I miss anything?
Rating: 12 Votes
47 months ago
I agree with everyone here that they still need to provide a dvd or a thumb drive for installation or restore. This is unavoidable since if you restoring your mac how are you to connect to the internet. They must provide a physical medium to install or restore to the mac.:apple:
Rating: 8 Votes
47 months ago

Jobs said it would be released in June. If its not at WWDC, then they only have a couple of weeks to meet the deadline.


No, Steve Jobs said it will be released in Summer 2011 (http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/20/os-x-10-7-lion-announced/).
Rating: 8 Votes
47 months ago
I hope there's a disk release so that if I have to restore/clean install I won't have to install Snow Leopard, download 10.6.8 then download and install Lion.
Rating: 7 Votes
47 months ago

Wasn't Lion supposed to create a recovery partition that would store that information?


If your hard drive dies, your recovery partition will be inaccessible.
Rating: 6 Votes
47 months ago
Regarding the Mac Defender patch, what about those still running Leopard? Does it only target Snow Leopard?

Not like I'm stupid enough to install something like that on my computer, but it would be nice to know if they're extending the protection to other users.
Rating: 6 Votes
47 months ago

Not to rain on anyone's parade, but Lion is nowhere near ready for release.

The betas are flaky at best.

No developers have had time to build against Lion for testing.

If Apple released Lion without going through normal development cycles it would be suicide.

Look, I teach CS and Software Engineering outlines development cycles for a reason. I want Lion as much as everyone else but I was a STABLE version that runs all my software. Not a version that is riddled with bugs because Apple is so secret that don't even let developers test their software on the new OS.

Finally, at the risk of being hated, I sure hope Lion doesn't disappoint. Nothing I seen so far in Lion makes me go "Wow!" like previous full versions have (SL does not count).

Oh, and I too would like a DVD...

Cheers!
-P


Developers had by today more than 3 months to do their testing, and that's just all developers. Major developers probably were given Lion betas even before DP1 appeared in ADC.

Not to mention, 99% of the apps I use do work in Lion without major issues at the moment, so I don't really think that app compatibility is a big issue. It was a bigger issue when SL was released due to kexts not supporting K64, and that took some time. Lion doesn't bring something that new to the table so it'll be quicker for apps to fully support it.

Oh also, I think DP3 was almost good enough to use for everyday work. If it wasn't for some apps that weren't supported, and lack of macports support for Lion, I would have switched it already. It's buggy, but not that buggy. And Webkit2 rocks.
Rating: 6 Votes
47 months ago

I started using Macs with Snow Leopard so I don't know how it would work if I were to upgrade to Lion via fresh install.. wouldn't Time Machining my old stuff back bring Snow Leopard back or does Time Machine only restore the files and apps you have installed?


Fear not, young grasshopper, all will be easy and goof proof. The Turttle-necked one protects all who believe in Him. ;)
Rating: 5 Votes
47 months ago

No way will Lion be released at WWDC. It just isn’t ready. I predict a July or August release.


Considering WWDC happens in the Spring and Apple said Summer '11, anyone hoping for a WWDC release is living in a fantasy world.
Rating: 5 Votes

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