Mac OS X 10.6.8 is out, and you need it for Lion

Snow Leopard

Say, had you wondered about those strange system requirements for Apple's Final Cut Pro X -- Mac OS X 10.6.8, yet only dot seven was available? Wonder no more. Late today, Apple released the dot 8 update, quite likely the last before OS X 10.7, aka "Lion", releases next month.

In fact v10.6.8 is preparation for Lion, which Apple will deliver through Mac App Store -- an add-on to v10.7 Snow Leopard and built into Lion. The update does something to Mac App Store for Lion delivery.

Lion will be available for $29.99 for all personally registered Macs, a significant discount.

Who knows, maybe OS X 10.6.8 will satisfy all people giving the Final Cut Pro X scathing reviews at Mac App Store. There are currently 306 one-star ratings out of 685.

You can get v10.6.8 from Software Update, or download the 1GB file direct from Apple.

Apple offers a list of changes:

  • Enhancements to the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion.
  • Resolves an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit.
  • Improves support for IPv6.
  • Improves VPN reliability.
  • Identifes and removes known variants of MacDefender malware.
  • Corrects timezone data in iCal for Lisbon-Portugal.
  • Adds the ability to use Kerberos authentication to a web proxy server.
  • Fixes an issue when saving documents from Xcode or TextEdit when using an NFS home directory.
  • Fixes an issue when importing certain media files into Final Cut Pro.
  • Includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.

Mac OS X v10.6.8 also includes fixes provided in the Mac OS X v10.6.7 Snow Leopard Font Update:

  • Addresses an issue in which some OpenType fonts don't display correctly in certain applications.
  • Resolves issues printing from Preview.
  • Addresses an issue with PDF files not opening in third-party PDF viewing applications.
  • Resolves invalid font errors when printing to PostScript printers.

The Betanews team will be watching to see how fast new MacDefender variants push through today's update.

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