680.1MB. That's a big update even by Apple standards. No wonder this took so long!
As world+dog rumored it would, Apple released its latest update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Wednesday: version 10.6.5. Enhancements include improved Microsoft Exchange reliability, a variety of performance and stability improvements, security fixes, a couple of Bluetooth tweaks, and — in answer to some Mac Pro owners' prayers …
I don't think anyone, well anyone worth listening to, has ever said that? While I like OSX I am under illusions it's safe. There are some very daft things it does, but I run security software just so I take care not to pass the nasties down the line to others on less fortunate operatiing systems.
OSX like every O/S has some very nasty holes, but it's so low down the list of targets worth bothering with, the exploiters can't be arsed very often. Far higher yields from attacking the number one desktop, which the manufacturers whoever they are, begins with M I think, keep claiming to have made safe!
Now, please go and stand in the corner, you can come back when you have something useful to add to the discussion!
It's not always users tweaking things - I had no problems on one machine, on my laptop, the UI was locking up about 45 seconds after boot. Luckily enough time to fire up terminal and console, and problem went away when I disabled some Akamai download/p2p software (which in turn seemed connected to downloading something from Adobe at some point). Specifically it seemed an issue with a network service it wanted to spawn via launchd.
Here's the email I received today:
Subject: Serious Compatibility Issue with SWDE/PGP Whole Disk Encryption and OS X 10.6.5
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:45:21 -0800
From: Jeremy Tavan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Today Apple released an upgrade to version 10.6.5 of MacOS X. IT Services has become aware of an interaction between this upgrade and the PGP software used in the Stanford Whole Disk Encryption service which renders PGP-encrypted machines unbootable following the upgrade to 10.6.5. Machines which no longer boot as a result of this upgrade can be fixed by following the instructions in section 1 of https://supportimg.pgp.com/guides/Tech_Note_PGP_WDE_Recovering_Data_Mac_OS_X.pdf
Please let your SWDE-using Mac users know that they should NOT upgrade to 10.6.5 until this incompatibility is resolved. PGP support is aware of the problem and will keep us informed of their remediation process.
If you have any questions or need any assistance please submit a HelpSU Request: https://remedyweb.stanford.edu/helpsu/helpsu?pcat=WholeDiskEncryption
Stanford University IT Services CRC
I installed the update and nothing works! well like it used to :P
All good in user space.
... but hopefully size isn't important.
The print delay has been "addressed" apparently, and printing no longer has the hang between jobs, which meant that it was taking longer with a new macMini to run off multiple print jobs than it did with the old G4, which took longer to process them but didn't wait 30 seconds before sending the next print job to the printer (Kyocera laser).
And there's a new (unwanted) feature: A4 pdfs printed with Preview are treated as Landscape and come out "feet first" (bottom of page) - why?
Mail/preferences/Rules/Edit... add 25 or more rules the Rules Window will extend off the bottom of the screen taking the control button out of view. Window size buttons will control the window the next level below the active window.
Problem has existed since 2005 (OSX 10.4.0)
Was sweating bullets for a few minutes there... after upgrading from 10.6.4 to 10.6.5, Safari would crash upon start up. Eventually figured out the culprit was LittleSnitch, which was still at v2.1.3 and blissfully unaware of Snow Leopard. After upgrading LS to v2.3.2, Safari starts just fine.
For some reason LittleSnitch does not check for updates, thus I didn't question it's suitability for Snow Leopard...