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Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 01:00 pm PT (04:00 pm ET)

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update

Apple on Tuesday released Mac OS X 10.4.9, a recommended update for all PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running versions of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

Mac OS X 10.4.9 Client

The company said Mac OS X 10.4.9 includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

  • RAW camera support
  • Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
  • Image capture performance
  • Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
  • Font handling
  • Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
  • USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
  • Bluetooth devices
  • Browsing AFP servers
  • Apple USB Modem
  • Windows-created digital certificates
  • Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
  • Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
  • Security updates


  • The update is available for download through the Software Update mechanism located under the Apple menu on computers running Mac OS X. It's also available direct from Apple's website in the form of a 72MB download for PowerPC-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.8 and a 160MB download for Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.8.

    Mac systems running older versions of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger can grab heftier combo updaters for both PowerPC (163MB) and Intel Macs (310MB).

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 Server

    Along with the Mac OS X 10.4.9 Client release, Apple on Tuesday also released Mac OS X 10.4.9 Server. The update is recommended for all Apple servers running versions Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and includes fixes for the operating system and various applications, services and technologies, including:

  • avoiding AFP connection errors when authenticating Active Directory users who are members of lots of groups
  • preventing SMB/CIFS server deadlocks and service interruptions
  • authenticating Windows clients when bound to Active Directory
  • copying read-only files to AFP shares on Xsan and UFS volumes
  • copying files with extended attributes from an AFP share of an Xsan volume
  • preventing NFS server hangs at shutdown
  • printing too many copies of a document when using the print server
  • using Open Directory authentication when using Ethernet Link Aggregation
  • better TCP performance with Windows clients and servers
  • using rsync to copy files with extended attributes
  • creating and managing VLANs from the command-line
  • time zone and daylight saving time changes for 2007
  • compatibility with third party applications and devices
  • previous standalone security updates


  • The server update is available as a 127MB download for PowerPC-based Mac servers running Mac OS X Server 10.4.8 and as a 249MB Universal download for both PowerPC and Intel Mac servers running Mac OS X Server 10.4.8.

    Again, Apple also provides larger combo updaters for Mac servers running an earlier version of Mac OS X 10.4 Server. The PowerPC Combo updater weighs in as a 216MB download and the Universal version as a 350MB download.