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Leopard early start kit with beta arrives

updated 03:20 pm EDT, Thu July 26, 2007

Leopard early start kit

Finally providing the same feature-complete beta to developers who did not attend WWDC earlier this year, Apple has released the Leopard Early Start Kit with Leopard beta. In addition to the beta, the package includes access to an exclusive collection of digital resources and information, including WWDC07 Leopard Videos that contain tech talks and more, an updated Leopard Dev Center that includes Beta Reference Library documents, guides, release notes, sample code, and more. There's also a collection called "Coding Headstarts" that provides video, a lesson guide and sample code.

The early start kit is available only to ADC Premier or Select members. ADC Select membership is priced at $500 an includes the start kit, access to the ADC Software Seeding Program, Mac OS X and Xcode Tools, 1 ADC Hardware Discount and more. Premier membership is priced at $3500 and includes the start kit, a Worldwide Developers Conference Ticket, 8 Technical Support Incidents and 10 ADC Hardware Discounts.

As of yesterday, Apple is believed to be distributing a new preview version of Mac OS X Leopard, the first such release since June. Anonymous sources suggest that build 9A499 is making the rounds of members in the Apple Developer Connection, and is nearly 7GB in size. It is not being treated entirely favorably however, as there have been multiple accounts of the OS being plagued with bugs.




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  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Au contrair...

    Readers should know that Apple isn't actually distributing anything. They are making things available for download. And downloading 6 gigabyte files is not something you can do on many home or small business Internet connections. Signing up for the developers program is not going land a DVD with Leopard on it in your mailbox, and quite possible not going to get it to you at all, since Apple won't mail seeds to you even if your Internet service won't allow you to download such large files. It is very disingenuous for Apple to display picture of a Leopard Early Start Kit box with a Leopard DVD when they have not so far sent any such thing out to their developers.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Actually...

    When I paid my Select membership I received a box just like the one pictured, containing a Leopard DVD. In my case it was a much older preview, but now you probably get the WWDC version.

    As new versions come out, you must download them, and yes at 7GB a pop, it can eat into your download limit.

  1. growlf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    au contraire au contrair

    "Readers should know that Apple isn't actually distributing anything."

    Coulda fooled me... looking at box.

    "And downloading 6 gigabyte files is not something you can do on many home or small business Internet connections."

    Man, oh man, don't tell my RoadRunner Business Class connection that!

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmmmm...

    Well, then it appears that Apple is just sticking it to those who joined the program early. No good deed goes unpunished. That was $500 down the drain -- and now, because of the delay in Leopard, not only will I have not been able to download any seeds, not received the developer release DVD or any of the other tools in the Leopard Early Start Kit, I will also not receive a copy of the final Leopard release since my membership will have expired by then.

    And please don't tell me about your wonderful RoadRunner Business Class connection. It is irrelevant. Not everyone lives in urban locals where such service is available, and not everyone can afford upgraded service anyway. Such prancing is obnoxious. Display a little humility.

    According to today's news, Apple is now worth more the HP. There is no reason they cannot afford to mail out 50-cent DVDs to those who are supporting the company with their own dollars in the first place.

  1. growlf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Prancing...

    Obnoxious, really? Not everyone lives in an urban "local", or "locale", as I like to say - including me. I live on 5 acres zoned agricultural, surrounded by corn fields.

    As for the business class service, it costs me $80 a month and is necessary for my job. I presume that you consider buying gas to drive to work "prancing" ?

    Furthermore, if you take a look, the lowest level of business class, which is all that I am willing to pay for, is actually slower than the consumer grade service. It just offers a few more protections (24 hour turn-around for on-site support) than consumer-class service.

    Off to prance. Have fun, you poor poor non-urbanite!

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh, to be so well off...

    I'm happy that many people can afford to own 5 acres of "zoned" agriculture property (which wouldn't need to be zoned if they weren't in an area proximate to urban growth (and services)). However, there are areas of the U.S. where zoning doesn't even exist because there isn't enough economic activity to create a need for it. These are areas where many people can't afford to own that much land anyway, if they can afford to own at all.

    I'm also happy that great broadband service is available in most of the urban and coastal areas of the U.S. But again, there are areas of the U.S. were there is no broadband service available at all, or if it is available, it is many multiples more expensive relative to local incomes. These are areas were the $80/mo. that some here spend casually on Internet service is a goodly portion of many hard-working family's rent.

    So yes, I do think that too many on the Internet are spoiled, and smug, and prone to arrogant verbal displays of conspicuous consumption -- of the type that inspire the disadvantages to hate the advantaged.

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