OS X El Capitan

Just read at IW that the new Apple OS El Capitan has locked out users from gaining access to root.

If you haven’t heard, Apple has locked out root from various file system paths and core functions in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The new sheriff here is System Integrity Protection (SIP), which reduces root privileges in an attempt to increase security.

The gist is that no user — not even root — can write to /usr, /bin, /System, and /sbin or debug protected processes. Apple has also removed the ability to use unsigned kernel extensions through boot-time flags. It’s important to note that SIP can be disabled, through the recovery partition, but this will typically be done only for development and testing purposes.

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Mac OS El Capitan Now Public Beta

Mac OS El Capitan is now public beta. That means, you can now download and play around with the latest Mac OS. Apple plans to release El Capitan sometime in the Fall of 2015. If you’re curious about the new features of El Capitan, check out the video by DetroitBORG.

Spotlight looks really promising. The new Mission Control and split screen view is the feature we’ve all been waiting for. How about the pin tabs for Safari, or the muting audio from a single tab or all tabs? And no more spinning beach balls. What’s up with that?

Finally, they should have an official theme song for El Capitan when it comes out later this fall. I suggest they play this song containing this lyric, “Soy capitan. Soy capitan.”