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OS X 10.6.4 released (client and server)
See below for download updaters including 2010 Mac Mini specific updaters. (I always use a D/L updater vs SU personally.) Here's info from the "About 10.6.4" (client) doc:

"General fixes and improvements
  • improves compatibility with some Braille displays
  • resolves an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
  • resolves an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
  • addresses issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
  • improves reliability of VPN connections
  • resolves a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
  • resolves an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
  • resolves an issue with Parental Controls Time Limits for Open Directory or Active Directory users
  • resolves a display sleep issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers
  • resolves an issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers in which the right speaker may sound louder than the left speaker
  • includes Safari 5.0
  • Security improvements (see this doc for specifics.
    NOTE: Reportedly the Flash plugin version included with 10.6.4 is 10.0.45.2 which contains 32 vulnerabilities - on June 10th Adobe released v10.1.53.64 to address those - you can download the last Flash version at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
    )

Fixes and improvements for Aperture 3

  • adds tethered shooting support for additional digital camera models
  • addresses IPTC metadata compatibility issues

Fixes and improvements for external devices

  • RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras
  • resolves an issue with using third-party USB web cameras
  • resolves an issue with noise when using some third-party FireWire audio devices
  • resolves pairing issues with Apple remotes

Additional Information
This update also includes the improvements found in the Mac OS X v10.6.1, 10.6.2, and 10.6.3 updates."

Here's several Apple docs related to the 10.6.4 update.

As always have a current backup before updating. And if you see any 3rd party addons/drivers, etc. broken in 10.6.4, let me know the details. (Also welcome any reports of improvements you see.)
Valve Warns about 10.6.4/Nvidia GPU Performance Issues: It's too late for many users, but late Friday (the 18th) Valve posted a warning to Nvidia GPU users/gamers about OS X 10.6.4:

"10.6.4 Performance Issues for Nvidia Users
The recent 10.6.4 update from Apple has noticeable performance issues for NVidia graphic chip owners running high performance games.

If you wish to avoid this, you should consider waiting to install the 10.6.4 update until Apple has had the opportunity to address this issue.

Full details of what is contained in the 10.6.4 update can be found here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4150.

If you have already installed this update and believe your graphic performance is affected, please contact Apple support (http://www.apple.com/support/) for details on what to do.
dberger (Valve)"

There's also a thread in the Steam forums - 10.6.4 Performance Issues for Nvidia Users. (One post there also mentioned this may not be limited to just Nvidia GPUs.)

Here's the download pages (all include safari 5) - including new 2010 Mac Mini specific updaters:

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Security Update 2010-004 for OS X Leopard (client and server)
Here's the (slim) info from software update - see below for the Apple doc with long list of specifics fixes.

"Security Update 2010-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222."

HT1222 is apple's main security updates page - here's the specific doc About the security content of Security Update 2010-004 / Mac OS X v10.6.4.
Here's the download pages for the updater:

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Apple intros new Mac Mini (alum case, Geforce 320M, HDMI out, SD card slot)
Apple's Mac Mini product pages are updated for the new model which has an aluminum housing (reminds me of AppleTV profile) with easily removable bottom panel and built-in power supply, Nvidia GeForce 320M (256MB), HDMI Out (as well as MDP), SD card slot, 1 FW800 port, 4 USB 2.0 ports, GigaE. See the new features and tech specs pages for details.
The Apple store has the new models available now. Here's the base configs:

    $699 (US) model
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB memory
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 8x double-layer SuperDrive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard

    $999 (US) Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server
  • 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4GB memory
  • Dual 500GB 7200-rpm hard drives
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
  • Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard
  • Ships: Within 24hrs
  • Free Shipping
  • $999.00

Today's Apple Support doc updates listing (below) has a few related to the new "mid-2010" Mini.

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