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Mac OS X 10.0.4 Update Released

Apple has updated Mac OS X to version 10.0.4, improving USB, the Classic environment, and adding support for the new 17-inch Apple Studio Display monitor (see "The Flatter the Better" in TidBITS 581). The update is available via the Software Update control panel, or in two forms as separate downloads: a 12 MB package that updates Mac OS X 10.0.3, or a 19.3 MB one that updates any version between 10.0.0 and 10.0.3.

Unlike previous Mac OS X updates, we’re happy to report that Apple has documented what’s changed with 10.0.4. Highlights include improvements when accessing shared FileMaker Pro 5.0 documents via TCP/IP in the Classic environment, better PowerBook battery conservation when in sleep mode, and iTunes compatibility with more third-party USB CD-RW drives, among several others. There are still a few frustratingly vague items in the release notes, such as “a later version of SSH is included.” Apple was bit by this type of obfuscation during the first Mac OS X updates when it wasn’t clear whether a security flaw in the command-line FTP client had been addressed (see "TenBITS/07-May-01" in TidBITS 579), and although most users won’t know or care about the specific version numbers of these components, the Unix-savvy users that Apple is trying to woo with Mac OS X pay attention to such important details.

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