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The Server version of Mac OS X Lion may be a paid add-on for the core OS, a tip to French site HardMac suggests. The person claims to have discovered a Help note in the Lion preview, "Make this Mac a server," which asks Lion owners to "buy the server app from the Mac App Store;" the code is installed to the Applications folder. "The Server app downloads the Server Essentials software package, installs it, and configures this Mac as a server," the note concludes.
Two more software updates have been released by Apple, most importantly Xcode 4.0.2. The update is essential for iOS developers, as it adds compatibility with the new iOS 4.3.2 firmware. It also incorporates an assortment of bugfixes, for example addressing mapping models in Core Data, OpenGL ES apps in iOS Simulator, and LLVM compiler 2.0.
[Updated: added information about special version for 2011 MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt] Apple has flooded its support website with a host of software updates, most prominently Mac OS X 10.6.7. The patch is available in client and server versions; the former is described as making "general operating system fixes" targeting stability, security and compatibility. In particular though it should improve the reliability of Back to My Mac, and quash several bugs in the Mac App Store, as well as an issue affecting file transfers to SMB servers.
In a switch from a previous approach with Mac OS X, the Server edition of the Lion developer preview is integrated into the client software, Apple has revealed. When carried over to the final version of Lion, the switch should make Server setup easier and potentially cheaper. Selecting Server mode guides users through a configuration process for local and/or remote administration options such as groups, e-mail, calendars and Time Machine.
Apple is already seeding a new beta of Mac OS X 10.6.7 Server, notes AppleInsider. The delta is 468.3MB, and unlike today's matching client beta comes with one known issue. In some cases clients may fail to NetBoot from a NetRestore image created with the v10.6.6 version of Server, Apple informs.
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.6, an upgrade available through Snow Leopard's Software Update feature. The focus of the patch is almost entirely on adding the Mac App Store client, which lets users quickly buy, install and update Mac software while giving Apple a cut of the revenue. There are in fact few other recorded changes in v10.6.6, limited to one security and two bug fixes.
The 10.6.5 update for Mac OS X Server, removed earlier today, has been restored with a fix for an e-mail delivery bug found in the original version. The new build, 10H575, fixes a memory aliasing issue introduced in the earlier version in Dovecot's handling of user names, resulting is mail potentially being delivered to the wrong user on machines using Dovecot as a mail server. The issue only affects machines running the earlier-posted version of 10.6.5 Server, and also does not affect the original Dovecot open-source project.
An Apple Distinguished Educator and University Executive Forum member, Dave Schroeder of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has penned an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs in reaction to the recent announcement of the ending of XServe sales. In it, Schroeder asks Jobs to extend the 2007 loosening of virtualization rules on OS X Server and allow it to be virtualized on non-Apple hardware. Without such a move, says Schroeder, the loss of the XServe will force a transition away from Apple server technologies, which will have "a significant negative impact on many major campus initiatives which impact your products and services, including iOS mobile development, campus-wide lecture capture with Podcast Producer, our iTunes U presence, our campus IP TV network, and … critical services to Apple clients that allow those clients to exist alongside other platforms."
Eric Zelenka -- Apple's senior worldwide marketing manager for server, storage and management products -- has posted and then deleted a forum message giving a clue to the company's future enterprise plans, reports note. "Apple remains committed to the development of server products, technologies and services," Zelenka wrote at the XSanity forums on Friday. "Today’s [Xserve] announcement does not impact the future of Xsan or server software on Mac OS X."
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.4, an update long in development for Snow Leopard. The patch fixes several important problems; these include keyboards and trackpads becoming unresponsive, Creative Suite 3 programs failing to launch, and difficulty in copying, renaming or deleting files on SMB servers. Minor bugfixes target fullscreen editing in Aperture and iPhoto, and using Good Quality deinterlacing in DVD Player.