For fans of the Terminal, Mountain Lion brought some new command-line utilities. Perhaps the most notable is fdesetup, which Apple explains briefly: "fdesetup allows third-party management tools to enable FileVault, determine encryption status, capture and manage recovery keys, and add users to a FileVault-encrypted system as well as synchronize directory-based user authentication credentials with the local credentials for FileVault access."
Apple's latest operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, has set a new sales record.
The company announced today that Mountain Lion was downloaded over 3 million times in its first four days of availability, "making it the most successful OS X release in Apple's history."
At the Black Hat hacker conference, Australian security expert Loukas K (aka Snare) has demonstratedPDF a rootkit which is able to insert itself into a Macbook Air's EFI firmware and bypass the FileVault hard drive encryption system. Although the idea of an EFI rootkit is nothing new, this is the first time it has been demonstrated live and the hacker has used a previously unknown method based on a modified Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter.
Even long-time Mac users could be forgiven for not knowing anything about OS X Server, the business-oriented version of the operating system that has been developed alongside the better-known consumer version for as long as OS X has existed. For a long while, the software shipped only with the Xserve, Apple's enterprise-class server hardware. Standalone licenses for the unlimited client version of the software cost $1,000 all the way up until Snow Leopard, when the price dropped to a still-imposing $500.
"The first thing I do when I buy a new Mac is '$ killall Dock' to stop the resource sucking widgets," Enso Cloud tweeted at me last week. "Does anyone actually use Dashboard widgets?" Chris MacDonald said.
"No to widgets. I disable them on all Macs I work on. They're quite stagnant and useless with an iOS device nearby," Ken Fager added. Do you still use the OS X Dashboard? It turns out that a good number of Mac users don't—or at least those who follow Ars (and me) on Twitter.