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Sunday, 1 May 2005


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0946 - There's a tiger in my laptop

After seeing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy yesterday, I took advantage of being in the Twin Cities to go by an Apple store and look at Mac OS X 10.4, better known as Tiger. After asking about compatibility with my existing applications (notably, Final Cut Pro HD and DVD Studio Pro), and being assured that both would run, I took the plunge.

It installed on my laptop in about an hour and a half, including verifying the contents of the DVD. (It comes on a DVD now; if you need CDs, you can exchange it by mail.) I didn't have any problems with the software itself, although two programs I use, CodeTek Virtual Desktop and the OS X tunnel driver, wouldn't run. Someone will no doubt update the latter; there's no update for the former yet.

On the whole, it looks good. Spotlight and Dashboard both work as advertised. I was mildly surprised to discover that the Dashboard yellow pages applet already knew my ZIP code, so I didn't have to tell it to look in Fairmont. I was disappointed in one bit: while the main Calculator application now has an RPN mode (RPN r00lz, d00d!!), the Dashboard applet does not. The system feels a bit faster, though not dramatically so.

I won't be installing it on the iMac for a while yet: I need to build Hercules for the predominantly available version of the OS, and that ain't Tiger yet. Supposedly, you can build for downlevel systems, but I haven't figured out how to make that work for packages built outside the control of Package Builder.

current mood: [mood icon] pleased
current music: Marshall Tucker Band - Ghost Riders in the Sky

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From:korgmeister
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The main thing about Tiger is that I wonder if it actually offers any substantial improvement to the OS, or if it's just a couple of mega-hyped features (e.g: Spotlight) which would be minor were it not for the RDF.

Spotlight sounds nifty, but it's not $129 worth of nifty. Considering that I pay pocket change for Linux (I do actually pay a liscence fee to Warren, because I believe his work on Mepis is worth my money) an Operating system would have to autodetect all my hardware, do my homework for me and give me blowjob before I start forking over that sort of dough, let alone buy new hardware just to run it.

But then, as a student I've got very different economic imperatives from someone who has paid his dues and is reaping the rewards of decades of hard work.
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From:jmaynard
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The main reason I decided to go for it (for $199, since I needed the family pack - two machines, you know) was not because of Spotlight, which I don't expect to use much; it's because there are some serious architectural improvements that will become significant later on. The biggest is the kernel restructuring they did to make Spotlight work: all file accesses pass by an interface that allows Spotlight to update its index, and in the process gives a lot of other abilities as well.

The Ars Technica article on OS X is a good discussion, and is worth wading through their hideous interface to read.
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From:ckd
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The student price is $69. Use the discount, Luke.

There is much nifty in the guts of the OS. See the Ars Technica review.
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From:phix
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people are saying vpn will work in mid may. so only a couple of weeks away.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1790387,00.asp
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From:jmaynard
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That only applies to Cisco VPNs...but yeah, if you depend on one of those, you should hold off for now.

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