The wonderful thing about Tiger

Apple have announced the release of OS X 10.4, known as Tiger. This is a much anticipated update to the already excellent OS X, and has some really exciting new features like Spotlight, Core Image, and much improved .Mac synching.

So exciting are these new features, I’ve already pre-ordered my copy, and will soon start cleaning up a partition on my hard drive to install it on. I’m not going to risk removing my existing stable Panther installation until I know that all my critical hardware and software (scanner, graphics tablet, and their respective drivers) work with this major new version.

Once everything is installed and running sweetly, I can copy all the stuff I need from my Home folder over to Tiger and reformat the old Panther partition. This will leave me with a sparkly new OS, with none of the unused or forgotten applications and files that are cluttering my startup drive at the moment. It also means I can spend time fine tuning everything in the evenings, but still keep working in Panther until I’m ready to make the change.

I’m not so sure I like the new black theme on the Apple site though. I think it is supposed to be a homage to Spotlight (as per the image on the home page), but it’s a bit funereal for my taste.

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