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Thursday, January 24, 2008, 06:00 pm PT (09:00 pm ET)

Briefly: Development of Mac OS X 10.5.2 winding down

The frequency at which Apple is seeding new pre-release builds of its second update to the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system is increasing rapidly, suggesting an official release may be imminent.

Fresh on the heels of build 9C20, which was released as a private distribution earlier this week, the Cupertino-based Mac maker on Thursday issued its latest revision of the software update labeled Mac OS X 10.5.2 build 9C23.

Like the previous seed, the new build is reported to have been accompanied by a set of developer documentation listing no known issues. The documentation also implies that any concerns regarding the update's affect on the X11 X Window System have also been alleviated.

As a result, build 9C23 has seen its list of core focus areas reduced from 11 to 10, of which the remaining targets include Active Directory, AirPort, Back To My Mac, Dock, Finder, Graphics Drivers, Safari, SMB, Spotlight and Time Machine.

In addition, a half-dozen new code corrections have added, bringing the total number of documented fixes to the Leopard operating system expected in the 10.5.2 release to just shy of 125.

Among the latest are fixes for Time Machine, keyboard support, DVD playback and background images.

Joining the litany of minor tweaks in Mac OS X 10.5.2 are a handful of subtle feature additions, which include support for Remote Disc optical drive sharing on existing Macs, a list view in Stacks, and support for Apple's new Time Capsule backup appliance.