Friday, June 6, 2008

10.5.3 Bug Alert! This is why I tell my clients to hold off on running updates !!...

According to the Mozilla Group and MacNN, There is a serious bug in Mac OS 10.5.3 Leopard that can cause crashes, lockups and more! More examples of why I tell my clients not to apply updates as soon as they are released. ( With the exception of Security Updates! ) I inform my clients to hold off installing any upgrades for a week or two at least. Let someone else be the guinea pig and find the problems, and there are bound to be some with any upgrade. After a week or two, if no major bugs are found that will effect you, then go ahead and install the update(s). Security Updates should be installed immediately however.

Heres some details on the bug in Mac OS 10.5.3 .....

"A variety of Mozilla-based applications are triggering serious errors following Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.3 update, scattered reports indicate. Users are indicating that programs such as Firefox, Camino, Songbird and others are now spawning crashes and lock-ups, "zombie" processes, and an inability to shut down a Mac without using the power button. Mozilla is currently tracking the issue, but as of press time has not assigned a priority to the item, nor an estimated time for a solution.

The problem does not appear to be limited to Mozilla software however, as more general shutdown problems are currently being discussed on Apple's support forums. In most or all cases it appears that users are left staring at the "loop," the same loading symbol that appears when first loading Mac OS X.

A number of homemspun fixes have been suggested, including the removal of things like Qmaster services, or anti-virus login items. Less dramatic options may include fixing permissions on the boot drive, or removing USB and FireWire devices one-by-one."

Reposted from MacNN

SO..... If you use Firefox or any other Mozilla product, I suggest holding off on Mac OS 10.5.3 update for a while! Keep checking here for an update to this issue!