Mountain Lion: Download Apple OS X 10.8 dev build

Mountain Lion, or Mac OS X 10.8, is coming, and you can download the developer build (if you're a dev, or if you have teh BitTorrentz). Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) execs are unexpectedly opening the kimono on the new OS, several months before release. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if Windows 8 has got them worried.

[Updated with leaked data about Apple dropping support for some Mac models]

By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Everything is a Remix Part 4...

Gregg Keizer reports:

Apple announced it was seeding developers with a preview of..."Mountain Lion"...and would offer the upgrade to customers late this summer. ... Apple called it "the first OS X release built with iCloud in mind."
Mountain Lion renames Mac OS X's iCal as Calendar, its Address Book as Contacts, and iChat as Messages to sync [with] the labels used by iOS. ... Apple did not name a price...but the company has charged $29.99 for the past two upgrades.   

The pseudonymous AppleBitch adds:

Mountain Lion will bring...Reminders and Notes apps, familiar to iOS users. ... Game Center will also be making an appearance.
Notification Center which will act much [like] Growl and bring desktop notifications for programs like e-mail and the Mac.   

Jonny Evans notes the brace of elephants in the room:

Some cynically-minded souls may feel that the announcement will serve to take some of the attention away from...worker rights in China and the furor over user privacy on iOS.
The feature list looks pretty promising. ... Available now in beta, the new Messages app replaces iChat. ... It supports AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk. Lion users can download the beta software right here.
Mountain Lion...includes Gatekeeper, a security feature that gives users total control over what apps are installed on your Mac.   

And Om Malik chants it's "a step in the right direction":

Up until a few years ago, the Internet was a feature...accessed through the browser. ... Along came broadband, and we all suddenly realized [it] could be used for a lot more than just looking up facts and figures.
The transition from PC to tablets is going to take a long time [so] we need an OS to ferry us to the new tablet-centric world. ... Something like Mountain Lion is a great middle ground.   

Meanwhile, Steven Frank tells us more about Gatekeeper:

Malware is out of control...even with the best tools and the best programmers, vulnerabilities sneak their way in. ... Sooner or later, bad people ruin every nice thing. It’s an immutable law.
Code-signing, although it can’t single-handedly fix the problem forever, is a vital weapon . ... Anyone with [the] signature and my public key can then be...sure that data came from me, and that it was not modified by...any virus. ... If my app were to do something nefarious, my developer ID would get revoked...really quite a nice compromise.   

However, Chris Rawson has the "harsh news":

[W]ith it comes a new set of minimum requirements...the following Macs which are supported under OS X Lion will not be able to run [it]:
  • Late 2006 iMacs ... 
  • [Pre-2009] plastic MacBooks ... 
  • MacBook Pros released prior to June 2007 ... 
  • The original MacBook Air ... 
  • The Mid-2007 Mac mini ... 
  • The original Mac Pro and its 8-core 2007 refresh ... 
  • Late 2006 and Early 2008 Xserves ...
The loss of support for most pre-unibody plastic MacBooks and the first-gen MacBook Air are likely to come as a big shock. ... Dropping support for these models...appears to have something to do with the Intel integrated...GMA 950 or...GMA X3100 graphics processor.   

And Finally...
Everything is a Remix Part 4
[also check out the previous three parts]

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Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. He's the creator and main author of Computerworld's IT Blogwatch, for which he has won ASBPE and Neal awards. He also writes The Long View for IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can read Richi's full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

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