Apple has settled with a former student it accused of distributing beta versions of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

The company has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with Doug Steigerwald, but still has actions progressing against two others accused of the same crime.

Steigerwald admitted his guilt, confirming that he distributed a pre-release build of Tiger over the Internet to thousands. A criminal case has also been launched against him, but this appears likely to be dropped, following the settlement.

An Apple statement to Cnet said: "While Apple will always protect its innovations, it is not our desire to send students to jail.

"We are pleased that Mr. Steigerwald has taken responsibility for his actions and that we can put this lawsuit behind us."