Apple on Wednesday posted Mac OS X v10.3.8. The new version of the operating system is available for download directly from Apple’s Web site as a 27.7MB file, and through the Software Update system preference pane. This release brings improvements to OpenGL, file sharing and directory services, and more.
According to Apple, key updates in this release include improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers; improved file sharing and directory services for mixed Mac and PC networks; improved compatibility for third party applications and devices; and previous standalone security updates.
The software is available for download from Apple’s Web site either as a
Delta Installer, suitable for updating systems running Mac OS X v10.3.7 to v10.3.8, or a
Combo Installer, which can update any version of Mac OS X v10.3 to v10.3.8. Information
posted to Apple’s Web site provides more details about the enhancements made with Mac OS X v10.3.8:
Addresses an issue with Mac OS X 10.3.7 in which iChat, Mail, or other network-based applications could take a long time to open. Addresses an issue in which a computer wouldn’t always restart automatically after a power failure, even when the Energy Saver preference option “Restart automatically after a power failure” was selected. Improves the performance of Blizzard
World of Warcraft’s “Full Screen Glow” video feature. Improves DVD Player compatibility when playing a movie (using certain ATI Radeon cards) to an external widescreen TV with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Resolves an issue in which a “flicker” could be seen when navigating DVD menus in DVD Player on certain PowerBook G4 computers. Addresses an issue in which a PowerBook G4 computer would, on rare occasion, wake from sleep with a black screen and not respond to any keyboard, mouse, or trackpad input. Addresses “jumping cursor” issues that might occur when using your portable computer’s trackpad with your thumb, side of thumb, or a “flat” finger. Resolves an issue on certain Power Mac G5 computers where a fan cycles erratically at unexpected times, such as when
Seti@home software is running. Speeds up Address Book and Mail LDAP lookups that are performed by a Cisco
DistributedDirector DNS server. Addresses an issue that could prevent clients using the
Active Directory plugin from binding to their Active Directory server.
Updated 5:15PM 02/09/05: Additional details added about what’s changed in this release.