Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.2

Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.2 Tuesday evening, the long awaited update to Tiger that corrects a number of outstanding issues with the operating system.

Mac OS X 10.4.2 includes the following enhancements and fixes:

  • file sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services
  • single sign-on authentication and reliable access to Active Directory servers
  • autologin for managed user accounts
  • AirPort and wireless access
  • Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
  • Finder updates including finding on Kind and using Slideshow
  • synchronizing your iDisk with .Mac
  • installation reliability
  • managing Dashboard widgets
  • Address Book, Automator, iCal, iChat, Mail, Safari, and Stickies applications
  • compatibility with third party applications and devices
A detailed list of all the changes contained within Mac OS X 10.4.2 can be found in this Knowledge Base article. A 44MB update is available for Mac OS X 10.4.1 users, or you can opt for the 58MB combo update that will update versions 10.4 or 10.4.1. Of course, the update is also always retrievable via Software Update.

Alongside Mac OS X 10.4.2, Apple released Mac OS X Server 10.4.2, an update that offers similar improvements as well as fixes for the following:

  • file permission inheritance when using AFP network file services
  • Open Directory password and single sign-on authentication services
  • authentication in Windows Server 2003 Active Directory environments
  • more reliable file system management operations
  • editing a user?s home directory location using the Workgroup Manager application
  • compatibility with third party applications and devices
That update is also available in a 44MB download, or a 57MB combo updater. Details can be read here.