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Download Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard Now, Required for OS X Lion Upgrade [Download Links]

Just before the official release of the Mac OS X Lion in July, Apple rolled out a point release update for the Snow Leopard. This is now the eight maintenance update for the Snow Leopard via Software Update, and will most likely be the last before Mac OS X Lion hits the Mac App Store next month. Mac OS X 10.6.8 features a number of fixes and prepares the built-in Mac App Store for the Mac OS X Lion upgrade system once it launches next month.

Mac OS X 10.6.8
According to the official support page of Apple, 10.6.8 aims to fix the issues related to security, compatibility and overall stability. The fixes that are included are as follows:

  • Enhancements to the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion.
  • Resolves an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit.
  • Improves support for IPv6.
  • Improves VPN reliability.
  • Identifes and removes known variants of MacDefender malware.
  • Corrects timezone data in iCal for Lisbon-Portugal.
  • Adds the ability to use Kerberos authentication to a web proxy server.
  • Fixes an issue when saving documents from Xcode or TextEdit when using an NFS home directory.
  • Fixes an issue when importing certain media files into Final Cut Pro.
  • Includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.

Aside from that, there are also fixes to the Snow Leopard Font Update that was offered from Mac OS X v10.6.7.

And most notably, this update prepares the Mac App Store so users can upgrade to Apple's next major OS X release, the Mac OS X Lion. If we all know, Mac OS X Lion will not have physical distribution so it will not be sold at the retail stores. You can only get Lion digitally through the Mac App Store only.
Mac OS X Lion
The OS will be downloaded as an executable and from there it will easily upgrade the Snow Leopard into OS X Lion. So if you are planning to upgrade to OS X Lion, you will need at least Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard or greater. This is because, as it is mentioned before, you can only get OS X Lion through the Mac App Store and you can only start the installation process within the Snow Leopard. Although, there is a workaround that allows you to unofficially create your own bootable CD for Lion and from there you can perform a clean install.

This should be the last major update for the Snow Leopard and after the Lion is launched, the former will most likely receive security updates thereafter until Apple completely stops the support.

The OS X Lion is coming to the Mac App Store this July and will have a price tag of $29.

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Download Links:

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update (474.2 MB)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo (1.09 GB)

Mac OS X Server v10.6.8 Update (542 MB)
Mac OS X Server v10.6.8 Update Combo (1.27 GB)

Security Update 2011-004 (Leopard) (256.4 MB)
Security Update 2011-004 (Leopard Server) (499.8 MB)

Server Admin Tools 10.6.8 (255.9 MB)

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