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Tiger a \'worthy\' XP competitor, but a \'minor\' upgrade

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Fri April 15, 2005

Tiger review by Thurrott

Self-confessed Mac fan Paul Thurrott (of WinSuperSite fame) says that Apple's Mac OS X Tiger operating system is a ). "Apple Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' is the strongest OS X release yet and a worthy competitor to Windows XP. Though it is marketed by Apple as a major release, Tiger is in fact a minor upgrade with few major new features, more akin to what we'd call a service pack in the Windows world. However, that won't stop Apple fans from flocking to Apple Stores on April 29 and standing in line to buy it, even at its inflated $129 price. That's fine, I guess: Tiger performs well, looks great, and offers many modern OS features."

"Tiger builds on the rock-solid foundation of previous OS X releases, adds a few major new features, and applies a nice spit polish to hundreds of other small features. Tiger may lack some of the niceties that make Windows more appealing to new users, but it does reward those with existing computer skills with a minimalist user interface that, as advertised, 'gets out of the way' and lets you get your job done."




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  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Please...

    ...don't eat the flame bait.

  1. MChieh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Mac Fan?

    If he's such a Mac fan, why doesn't he have a MacSuperSite?

    Paul Turdrott is so full of it that he has no credibility as an honest journalist, or tech writer as he'd call it.

    Please don't even give this guy, if he even exists, your time and attention.

  1. ApeInTheShell

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Human Behavior

    Windows XP was sooo 2002

  1. Aaron

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Contradiction

    It's interesting that features such as a metadata search engine and GPU-driven user interface are *minor* updates to Mac OS, but are supposed to be included in the next *major* release of Windows. That's just a bit of a contradiction.

  1. jbrjake

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I call BS

    What a worthless review. It reads like the only thing the guy knows about Tiger is what Apple's marketing pages say.

    He only has a surface understanding of computing. He says Dashboard is the same as Konfabulator, which shows he only looks at features and not technical specs. Dashboard widgets are revolutionary because of how they combine XML and Javascript. He doesn't even mention this.

    What kind of idiot reviews Tiger without even mentioning the changes under the hood? Hello, Paul Thurott! You never even used the word "Core" as in "Core Image" or "Core Video." And where's the discussion of the new video codec? Or any other details?

    He thinks Spotlight and Dashboard are the only two selling points for Tiger! What a fool. Apparently, the only things that are important are eye candy. The important changes with Tiger are all internal, and all this guy can see are the shallow externalities.

  1. deckard97

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Core Image

    Core Image is far from being a minor update.

  1. iKenny

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Internal changes

    Tiger is more about internal changes than external. Soon I suspect we'll see programs that will only run on Tiger because the older versions of OS X don't have the capabilities necessary to run these programs. Core Image, Core Video, 64bit throughout, the new metadata system, etc. are all worthy. It looks as though Longhorn might not be all it's hyped up to be either, since most of the major changes are being released to XP users anyway.

  1. Mike Peel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    *scratches head*

    *scratches head*

    Nope, I can only think of one windows nicety that isn't in OSX. The sheer amount of programs available for windows (some of which are actually decent, too).

  1. history1me

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    WTF

    I am so not clicking on this fools page. I agree with all that has been said prior, don't give this guy the "hit" number he's looking for.

  1. Pao|o

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MacNN's new low

    Is this even news? The guy's a pathetic hack looking for traffic from Mac users.

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