Mac OS X 10.8 Support Status

July 25, 2012
Apple has released OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) today, July 25. Testing of the new operating system with key applications and University systems by ITS will be done before installing it on campus.

Some required software applications, such as PGP and Symantec Endpoint Protection, have already been reported to have issues with Mac OS X 10.8. It is customary for vendors to have 30 to 60 days to fully support their products upon release of a new operating system.

Also, new to OS X Mountain Lion is Gatekeeper, a feature designed to help prevent malware and other unauthorized software from being installed. Gatekeeper will be configured by default in Mountain Lion to restrict launching of applications to only those downloaded directly from the Mac App Store, or specially "signed" by developers. This feature means software developers will need to update their applications to run under Gatekeeper, in turn requiring Mountain Lion users to make sure they update any installed applications not purchased through the Mac App Store.

OS X Mountain Lion will be available for free on approved University-owned computers per Baylor's site license with Apple; there is no need to pay to upgrade University-owned computers to Mountain Lion. As previously stated, once the upgrade is fully tested and supported by ITS, it will be included only on new installations. If you have justification for needing this upgrade on your existing system and your computer will not be replaced this fiscal year, you may request an upgrade by contacting the Help Desk.

More details about OS X Mountain Lion are available on <a href="http://www.apple.com/osx">Apple's website</a>. If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at <a href="mailto:helpdesk@baylor.edu">helpdesk@baylor.edu</a>, or call 710-HELP (4357).
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