I went back to school today to try and get ready for the beginning of term. As always, there’s lots of jobs that come up along the way, but here are a few things I managed to accomplish today:
- Apply for some ‘up-to-date’ Mountain Lion licences for some Mac Minis that we bought after Mountain Lion was finally announced. I had to go into school to get some serial numbers and to get invoices from our reseller, but it was pretty straightforward. Today’s the last day that you can apply so I was cutting it a bit fine.
- Set up a repository for Munki on our Mac Mini server. We’ve been using Munki with much success just as a way to automatically install Apple’s software updates when the computer is logged out. It’s pretty handy! However, I’ve been wanting to use it update other software (such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Flash Player), rather than having to push out packages using Apple Remote Desktop. I followed a really clear guide on the Munki website, which took a bit of time to get my head around but seems to have worked fine.
Interesting article about why Mountain Lion could well be a free upgrade. It seems that Apple are starting to account for Mac sales in a subscription manner, at least in part, which means that upgrades can be given for free. Free updates is one thing that I’d love to go from iOS back to the Mac!
Ok, take that back.
Apple probably do have to charge for Mountain Lion because of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which basically means you can’t add additional functionality to something you’ve already sold. They get around this with iOS devices because Apple account for them over 2 years in a subscription model – you get free updates because Apple treat it as if you’re still paying for it! The Mac isn’t accounted for like this so thus they can’t do free updates.
Rats. Maybe it’ll just be a token cost?
So, Mountain Lion is coming this summer. Woo! I personally like how they’re unifying different ideas and sorting out weird inconsistencies between iOS and OSX (like making Notes separate rather than part of Mail, creating a separate Reminders app, and renaming iCal to just Calendar). Messages also is pretty handy, and now available in beta form. The way it was announced was also interesting: no press event, but instead one-to-one presentations with key Apple writers.
My prediction is that it will be a free update to all users of Lion. The benefits of having everyone on the latest OS release far outweigh any revenue they may get from the update. iOS updates are free for this very reason.