Mavericks day

Mavericks
Apple released OS X Mavericks today. What does that mean for some of your favorite open source tools?

The Munki preview release here is Mavericks-ready.

createOSXInstallPkg here supports packaging a Mavericks install.

And Reposado can replicate Apple Software Updates for Tiger through Mavericks.

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Mavericks day

New topic: Flash Player 11.4

Flash Player 10
And here I thought I would be done writing about Flash Player for a while.

Today Adobe released Flash Player 11.4.402.265. If comments here are to be believed, this release fixes a bug that can occur when the auto-update process runs when nobody is logged in. It may be difficult to test until the next Flash update, however.

In last week’s post here, I outlined some of the issues with Adobe’s recommended “silent” install method for Flash Player:

  1. This “silent” install causes an icon to appear in the Dock as it runs.
  2. Executing this method as described by Adobe fails when the machine is at the loginwindow — the process hangs indefinitely.
  3. It turns out there is an “–uninstall” flag for Adobe Flash Player Install Manager, but it cannot be done silently; it always displays a confirmation dialog and a success/failure dialog.
  4. Uninstall is therefore impossible at the loginwindow, as the OS prevents display of the dialogs (not that you’d want to rely on people clicking on the dialogs anyway)

One more issue has since occurred to me: you cannot use this installation method to install Flash Player on anything other than the current startup volume. Therefore, there is no way to include Flash Player in a “compiled” image, such as one built with InstaDMG, Apple’s System Image Utility, or FileWave Lightning. It’s also not possible to use this method with a NetInstall image, or incorporate it into a package built with createOSXinstallPkg. And if you wanted to use this method with DeployStudio, you must do it as a “postponed” install; it will not work as a “live” install.

New topic: Flash Player 11.4