Apple’s getting much better about updating Mac OS X in response to security concerns. Recently they upgraded OpenSSH and Apache in quick reponse to announced vulnerabilities–and they did it about as quickly as humanly possible considering the testing that anything that goes out via Software Update must go through. This is essential to Apple’s continued success in wooing the Unix market and a major improvement from last year when Apple was sometimes percieved to be a bit slow with critical fixes.
In another move that shows that Apple is continuing to figure out that they now have a whole lotta Unix weenies using their OS, the latest version of Software Update adds a bonus feature in addition to its stated purpose of securing the update process. This new feature is a command line interface to the software update utility. Yes, you too can now remotely log into your Mac OS X client machine and update it.
Try it out (you may have to launch a new Terminal window after upgrading–or use rehash):
[titanium:~] duncan% softwareupdate
Software Update Tool
Copyright 2002 Apple Computer, Inc.
Your software is up to date.
Even better, there’s a man page to go along with it:
[titanium:~] duncan% man softwareupdate
man: Formatting manual page…
SOFTWAREUPDATE(8) System Manager’s Manual SOFTWAREUPDATE(8)
softwareupdate - system software update tool
Spiffy I say. Very spiffy. I know it’s a small thing, but it shows that the clue centered in Cupertino is strengthening.
What do you think?