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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.4 update

updated 05:10 pm EDT, Mon June 30, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.4 update

Apple on Monday released Mac OS X 10.5.4, another update to its "Leopard" operating system. In addition to a number of security fixes, the company addressed issues with Adobe CS3, AirPort connectivity, iCal, SSL connections using Safari, and Spaces and Exposé. Specifically, the company said the 59MB update, available via the Software Update, resolves an issue with saving and reopening Adobe Creative Suite 3 files on a remote server; includes additional RAW image support for several cameras, addresses an issue that may result in a partially installed X11 application, and improves L2TP VPN client reliability. Apple also said the update brings better AirPort reliability issues with 5GHz networks and improves performance in Logic Studio or MainStage over AirPort networks.

In its Safari browser, Apple said that the update fixes potential performance issue when loading secure web pages and also resolves issues that may be encountered when accessing secure web pages with client certificates that reside on a smart card.

The update also brings a plethora of iCal fixes, including better overall iCal reliability for meeting requests, cancellation notices, delegation, and syncing with iPhone. It also fixes an issue in which events in all calendars affect availability by adding a checkbox that now enables information-only calendars to be transparent from free/busy lookups. Apple also said the latest update resolves a UI issue preventing delegated calendars from showing up as a separate window.

Apple also included several security fixes for Leopard, including the previous security-specific updates released beforehand. The update includes many security updates for the Mac OS, Safari, iChat, and several other core applications that can leave a user's computer prone to attacks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    dang! I missed that feature. Where did they hide it? ;)

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ooooooh yeah!

    bring on teh snappy!

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969



    means "excess" "overabundance". There's never an "excess" of fixes, although there can be a plethora of bugs that require a "profusion" of fixes.

    I hate it when people use this word to mean "a whole lot" --- because that's how I used to use it, and that's because I learned the word from somebody who used it to mean "a whole lot".

  1. DCW

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not hatin', just sayin'

    From our friendly Dictionary app:plethora |?ple??r?|noun ( a plethora of)an excess of (something) : a plethora of committees and subcommittees.• Medicine an excess of a bodily fluid, particularly blood.USAGE NOTEAccording to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and most other dictionaries, this word refers (and has always referred) to an overabundance, an overfullness, or an excess.

  1. Elektrix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: plethora

    The thing is, the definitions of words change with usage. Words are often used outside of their original or previous meanings, and you end up with plenty of modern words that have different meanings than they used to. As it is, plethora is probably a good example of this. Certainly the use of "plethora" to simply mean a "whole lot" rather than specifically an excess or overabundance is not correct, but the thing is, the power of usage ends up trumping any dictionary definition. As plethora continues to be used to mean "a whole lot", it will eventually drift into commonly accepted usage and eventually become a legitimate definition and usage of the word. You can't really fight something like that; people can complain about how a word is being used incorrectly, but you can't fight the forces of common usage, right or wrong.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    you are correct. Like the word "implode", which used to be a specific scientific term. Yet, when 9/11 happened, the buildings were said to "implode" and thanks to popular usage... the word now means "to collapse"

    popular usage is c*** btw. It's stupid people using words they dont know the definition to. And we accommodate their stupidity by changing the meaning of the word. Very sad...

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    my favorite is

    veritable plethera. I use it to mean "a whole lot of a whole lot."

    HAHA! Take that!

  1. phayd

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The fun thing about language is that it really cannot be definitively documented. Language evolves, changes, reverts, and constantly maintains fluidity. Language is, at its root, two or more individuals agreeing that abstract gestures (spoken and written words included) mean something greater than themselves.

    At any given time a dictionary is, at best, a snapshot in time. A almanac of words. They are useful in that they will give you a better idea of words that you do not know. However, they are not the be-all, and end-all of language- you and I are.

  1. petsounds

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: eldarkus

    Yeah, the Roman elite thought popular usage was c***, too. And look what happened to Latin!

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Three Amigos

    I can only laugh at this whole "plethora" debate, but that's only because of the movie "The Three Amigos."

    "Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora. "

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