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Panther updates to patch mail, server utilities

Apple is progressing forth with updates to its Mac OS X Panther operating system and server counter part. The company recently seeded build 7D15 of Mac OS X 10.3.2 client and build 7D14 of Mac OS X 10.3.2 server.

According to a draft of an Apple knowledge base article obtained by sources, the Mac OS X 10.3.2 client update will improve file sharing and directory services for mixed Mac and PC networks, provide more robust printing to PostScript printers, and sport updated Mail and Address Book applications. The update will also reportedly improve font management, provide new ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers, and include FileVault, Firewire 800, WebDAV and USB Printing improvements from Update 10.3.1. Recently released standalone security updates will also be bundled with the build.

The knowledge base document reportedly includes additional warning to users of FireWire hard drives that rely on the Oxford 922 bridge chip-set. "Apple has identified an issue with external FireWire hard drives using the Oxford 922 bridge chip-set with firmware version 1.02 that can result in the loss of data stored on the disk drive. Even with the improvements available in this update, Apple recommends you update the firmware on your FireWire drive. Please contact your drive manufacturer for more information."

Meanwhile, Mac OS X 10.3.2 Server is said to improve the Server Admin, Workgroup Manager, Quick Time Streaming Server Publisher and Network Image Utility applications. Additionally, the updated will acquired the PostScript printing enhancements from the client version as well as improvements to Kerberos support for AFP services and Active Directory integration.

The Mac OS X 7D15 and Mac OS X Server 7D14 updates are currently being seeded to developers as 35 and 45MB disk images, respectively.