Monday, February 28, 2011

OS X 10.7 Features Revealed; You get OS X server for Free .... yes Apple is giving something away for free

Ok, I will cover the main highlights of the Mac OS 10.7 Lion release to developers. 

Most important of all, if you got the release from any place other than your Apple developer account using the App store, then the first thing you will want to do is block this web address using
Little Snitch. The web address is The release "calls back" Apple and provides it information about your IP address, location etc. If you get caught using the release
other than through the $99 yearly fee developer account, it might render you liable to a ban from Apple.
Little Snitch as most of the Mac users know is a firewall and network intrusion protection software. This will help block the distro from calling back and stop you from getting pwned. Its not free, but its worth every penny you pay for it.

The OS has plenty of requirements/installation notes. Among the highlights are:
1) You must have a Core 2 Duo or better.
2) Installing to a software Raid configuration is not currently available and may render your volume unusable (will be in the future)
3) Lion Server (if you plan on installing it) must be installed on an empty disk. (at least Lion Server is free. maybe Apple woke up to the fact that not many people will pay a fortune for a "Mac" server
when you can get other better performing ones for a better bargain).
4) You cannot be running an iMac (circa 2006 -- iMac support will likely be added for the final release)
5) You must disable FileVault in Snow Leopard before upgrading to Lion. Lion has replaced this feature with a new version of encryption software.
6) Your volumes will not be readable by past versions of OS X. (lets hope Paragon NTFS in future comes out with a patch for it or NTFS 3G which is free).
7) If you plan on using Boot Camp, you need version 3.2 or later.

For the rest of the mundane promotional stuff, follow this link.
DailyTech - OS X 10.7 Features Revealed; Shaping up to be Bigger Release Than Usual

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