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Apple Preparing to Seed Developers with First Build of OS X 10.8.1

MacRumors has received word that Apple is making preparations to begin seeding builds of OS X 10.8.1 to developers. The release would be the first maintenance update to OS X Mountain Lion, which launched two weeks ago, and this new update will likely focus on squashing some of the more significant bugs that have been discovered in the original version.

The first maintenance updates for OS X releases tend to come fairly quickly after their initial debuts, due in part to a need to move some of the major bug fixes to the public as quickly as possible. Apple has also likely been working on OS X 10.8.1 since some time prior to the launch of Mountain Lion, as it seeded the final version to developers over two weeks ahead of the public launch and undoubtedly continued to find issues requiring attention after that time.

For comparison, OS X 10.7.1 launched 27 days after the debut of OS X Lion, while OS X 10.6.1 appeared just 13 days after the launch of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

As a reminder, Apple is also continuing work on an update to Lion with developer versions of OS X 10.7.5 having been released for testing.

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29 months ago

Let's see if 10.8.1 will finally make me switch to ML...


please tell us if you do. we're on the edge of our seats to find out!
Rating: 51 Votes
29 months ago
Increase the build number
Rating: 19 Votes
29 months ago
Possible fix for my horrendous Safari page load times?
Rating: 12 Votes
29 months ago
Let's hope it makes Safari snappier! :D
Rating: 12 Votes
29 months ago
Fix the scroll lag on the Retina, please.
Rating: 11 Votes
29 months ago

Let's see if 10.8.1 will finally make me switch to ML...


I thought your issues with ML are more core belief base than what could be fixed by bug fixes?
Rating: 11 Votes
29 months ago

Fix the scroll lag on the Retina, please.


Just download a better GPU...

(ducks)
Rating: 9 Votes
29 months ago

Increase the build number


:D

Yes, that would be quite an epic upgrade. ;)
Rating: 9 Votes
29 months ago
Fix desktop backgrounds changing randomly. The lag as you enter your password at the login screen is a bit annoying too, though it isn't as bad as it was on Lion.
Rating: 8 Votes
29 months ago

Why shouldn't the root be used as your normal account?


Speaking as a security expert, what others have said is basically correct, running as root (or as others pointed out, more likely, an Administrator account) means you are giving any website or software which has bugs in it that can be exploited by hackers, viruses and other malware much greater access to your system.

In many cases, viruses, worms, and hackers write malware assuming the user is running as Administrator (in both the Mac and Windows worlds) because so many do. Because of this, if you make an unprivileged account and use that as your regular account, most malware will fail (or at least, not be as damaging as it could) and anyone able to compromise your user account (via stealing your password, buggy application, etc) will not be able to do things like break system security, install backdoors, trojans or other evil things.

There is a basic computer security principle to follow, called "least privilege". Only use the privilege you need for the task you are doing. If you are reading mail, browsing the web, etc, you only need normal user privileges. When you need to install software, or make changes to system settings, Mac OS X does the right thing and asks you for an administrator account password. This makes it very easy to run as a normal user and only use administrative privileges when they are absolutely necessary.

Finally, don't give the administrator account and your normal user account the same password.

Boom, you're more secure than 95% of computers out there.
Rating: 8 Votes

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