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Mac OS X Development Moves In House

To coincide with the release of Mac OS X Updater 2.4, which adds support for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), we decided to provide a little history behind the update client which lead up to this release.

Beyond adding proper Snow Leopard support, this release is defined by being the first release of the client since moving development of the client in-house to Dyn. Up until now, development of the OS X client was done by outside developers.

Originally, the OS X update client was written by Julien Jalon, based on his DNSUpdate program. Starting with version 2.x, the client was rewritten and maintained by Gaucho Software.

Around the time of Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)’s release, Apple reached out to us letting us know of some issues testers were seeing with the update client on the newest version of their operating system. The DynDNS community quickly responded by finding and posting a workaround for the problem.

Needing to release an updated version, and with the Windows update client already being developed in-house, we decided it was time to bring development of the OS X client in-house as well, allowing us to better respond to the needs of the community.

So, with the 2.4 release, we have now moved development of the client to Dyn, and thanks to the DynDNS community and beta testers, we now not only have a Snow Leopard-compatible release, we are also better positioned for improving the client going forward.

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Dan McCombs is a Principal Software Engineer at Oracle Dyn Global Business Unit, a pioneer in managed DNS and a leader in cloud-based infrastructure that connects users with digital content and experiences across a global internet.

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