Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-01-24

We got the third group beta releases for the next updates this week. Can I just gripe for a moment that macOS 10.15.2 was released along side iOS 13.3 and watchOS 6.1.1, while 10.15.3 will (probably) be released along side iOS 13.3.1 and watchOS 6.1.2? Apple versioning makes no sense at all, any more.

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News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Tim Perfitt: “Reboot to recovery on next reboot: sudo nvram "recovery-boot-mode=unused" Subsequent reboots go back to macOS.”
  • Roben Kleene: “Some of the built-in scripting language binaries (only the interactive ones?) now print a warning message about not being included by default in a future version of macOS. Just in case you were wondering how serious they are about this: They’re serious.”
  • Jeff Johnson: “I’ve learned that Apple engineers have internal tools which allow them to delete macl xattr as well as to bypass other Catalina privacy and sandbox protections without rebooting and disabling SIP. Inside Apple they don’t suffer the same problems as external users and developers.”

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Listen

Just for Fun

  • Jenny on Twitter: “No one asked for this. But here it is: every macOS wallpaper from Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah to macOS 10.15 Catalina combined.” (Follow link for image)


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