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

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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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Top Rated Comments

kk1ro Avatar
170 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.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ouimetnick Avatar
170 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?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OllyW Avatar
170 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/).
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NorCal Explorer Avatar
170 months ago
All in unison; Lion DVD

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:
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
asdf542 Avatar
170 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.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cougarcat Avatar
170 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.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)