Now You Can Install Snow Leopard – It’s Finished

SnowLeopardBoxApple released OS X 10.6.1 today, updating the code they burned to DVD a couple of months ago and unleashed Aug 28th. I upgraded my iMac the weekend it was released but normally I would have waited a bit. But since I already had iMac issues I wanted to do a clean install with the new OS and see if it helped so there was no point waiting.  It has helped, no lockups under Snow Leopard even though I’ve been repeating all the things that would cause lockups in the past. Maybe it’s me, but it seems like Apple has joined the ranks of vendors where we should expect a quick patch bundle to fix the problems for newly released software. So this is that patch bundle meaning (at least to me) that Snow Leopard is done. All that’s left is to check your apps for compatibility.

On the positive side, I hadn’t been having any problems with Snow Leopard so this was a non-event for me. The 9.8MB update applied fine through software update.

I still haven’t updated my Mac Mini and it may be months before I do that one. It’s primarily an entertainment PC and it’s running just fine. Others have reported problems with Front Row and I don’t see any reason to rock the boat.

According to Apple OS X 10.6.1 includes the following updates:

    • Improves compatibility with some Sierra Wireless 3G modems
    • Addresses an issue in which some printer compatibility drivers might not appear properly in the Add Printer browser
    • Addresses an issue that might cause DVD playback to stop unexpectedly
    • Addresses an issue that might make it difficult to remove an item from the Dock
    • Resolves an issue in which the Command-Option-T keyboard shortcut would sometimes bring up the special characters menu in applications such as Mail and TextEdit
    • Addresses instances in which auto account setup in Mail might not work
    • Resolves issues when sending mail with certain SMTP servers
    • Addresses an issue in which Motion 4 could become unresponsive
    • Includes an update to Adobe Flash Player plug-in version

iTunes 9 came out too and that sounds like a major change both in the UI and in the actual code, so I’ll be holding off that update for awhile. Predictions for the first update? I say by Sept 30th.

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