Well that didn’t take long, while it has never been a secret that Apple’s newest version of OS X – 10.8 Mountain Lion was one of the most popular releases yet, a new web traffic survey has concluded that Mountain Lion is now the most popular version of OS X used to browse the web.
According to the survey conducted by Net Applications 32 percent of Mac users are running Mountain Lion on their machines, while the share of computers running Lion has dropped down to 28 percent.
Mountain Lion’s growth has been impressive since its release on June 25th 2012. It took Lion 10 months to unseat Snow Leopard as the most popular Mac OS, while Mountain Lion only needed five months to grab the number one spot.
Late on Friday, Macworld’s Jason Snell discovered that the new 4.1 version of virtualization tool VMware Fusion had a special talent. Up until 4.1, Fusion would refuse to install non-server versions of Snow Leopard and Leopard into a virtual machine, since Apple’s licensing for those OS builds did not include a virtualization option. Only the server versions of 10.5 and 10.6 were legit for VM use; for 10.7, Apple moved to allow virtualization of either client or server.
In the new Fusion build, however, client versions of 10.6 and 10.5 are OK for installation in a new VM; the install tool just prompts you to make sure you’re license-compliant. While a Lion virtual machine is pretty useful, a Snow Leopard VM has something Lion doesn’t have: the Rosetta PPC compatibility option, letting users run older applications that rely on PowerPC code. For some apps (Quicken Deluxe being the primary example), that’s a workable way to keep them compatible for the time being.
It wasn’t clear from the Fusion 4.1 release notes whether VMware had sought Apple’s permission to make this adjustment to the install process, and I asked the Fusion team for comment. Earlier this evening, in a blog post, the company announced that the licensing check for Leopard Server and Snow Leopard Server (the only legitimately virtualizable versions of 10.5 or 10.6) was left out of the 4.1 build of Fusion.
A subsequent update is likely to restore the checking routines that prevent the installation of non-server 10.5 and 10.6 OS versions. In the meantime, Fusion 4.1 remains a downloadable update for the virtualization app, which normally retails for $79.99 but is currently on sale for $49.99. A 30-day demo download is also available.
Following the release of OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 a little over a month ago, Apple has released a new version of the operating system to users with bug fixes. This bug fix update will come automatically in the download for those who are still running earlier versions of Snow Leopard, but a patch is available for those who are already on 10.6.8.
The Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and resolves issues with:
Transferring personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion
Certain network printers that pause print jobs immediately and fail to complete
System audio that stops working when using HDMI or optical audio out
The update is available via the Mac’s Software Update application.
If you checked your Software Update today you will notice that Apple has released a new security update Mac Security Update 2011-003 for immediate download and installation. The update comes after the previous weeks and the issues that Mac Users are having with the Mac Defender malware.
According to KB article HT4657, the update provides a File Quarantine definition for the OSX.MacDefender.A malware and Mac OS X 10.6.7 will now automatically update the definitions on a daily basis.
The update will also search for and remove MacDefender and its known variants.
Apple has seeded the first build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 to developers, according to MacRumors there’s no word on any changes included in the 10.6.8 build. However as we are waiting for the release of the of Lion we guess most of these updates will be minor maintenance updates.
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is scheduled to be released later this summer, so it is a possibility that Mac OS X 10.6.8 could be the last iteration of Snow Leopard we see.
We are wondering what Apple keeps changing in the Mac OS X 10.6.7 beta, while we thought the previous one was close to release, the Cupertino company has released a new beta of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developers, and now Apple has released the seventh (and hopefully final) beta of the next version of Snow Leopard to developers.
According to Mac developers and a report on AppleInsider, build 10J868 has no known issues, but Apple is requesting that they focus on Safari, the Mac App Store, AirPort, Bonjour, SMB, and graphics drivers.
Mac OS X 10.6.7 is widely expected to be the last available version of Snow Leopard, now that Apple has released an early beta of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to developers.
The release of Mac OS X 10.6.7 is expected by many bloggers to come within the next week, although its availability might be slowed by the impending release of iOS 4.3 and the iPad 2.
According to AppleInsider Apple has seeded another beta build of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developers for testing. Those of you who downloaded the previous build will know that Build 10J855 comes just over a week after the previous beta release. This is the fourth build of 10.6.7 to be released within the last four weeks.
Apple is requesting that developers continue to test AirPort, SMB file sharing, Bonjour, graphics drivers and the Mac App Store application. No known issues are reported with this build. The combo build weighs in at 1 GB and 412.6 MB for the delta build.
Yesterday Apple seeded the first beta of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developer. The beta which is officially Build 10J842 weighs 338.6MB, according to Apple there are no known issues with the build, however developers are encouraged to specifically test AirPort, Bonjour, SMB file sharing, and graphics drivers.
We think it will take a while before the release will make a public appearnance, given the fact that the previous release is just over two weeks old. We will keep looking for the newest addition to the OS family, with the Lion expected for sometime this summer it can’t be too long before we start seeing pictures appear online.
In the past years we have seen numerous different Apple clones, some very well done, while others have been obvious fakes. Now Chinese knockoff maker DragonFly has just made their already shameless MacBook clone even more shameless.
The previous 14-inch netbook already looked so similar to the real deal that it could fool anyone not familiar with the exact look of the real Macbook Pro, to make it even harder to distinguish between the real and the fake, the company has even gone as far as replacing the original DragonFly logo with Apple’s own ( see image below)
Unlike the previous versions, clones, DragonFly has made the effort and are now Hackintoshing the notebook in the factory to run Snow Leopard. They have even created a fake MagSafe charger!
While this would be totally unthinkable in the US, in China pirating and cloning products is a ver common business strategy, so we expect that they should be fine. Currently $436 will buy you one on the Beijing electronics blackmarket.
If you are interested in this clone, or simply want to check out their website then check the link here.