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New Mac User: What exactly is Tiger?

Hello all,

I'm the new owner of a Powerbook G4. I'm very happy I decided to switch. I am just getting used to how OS X is different from XP and other operating systems. I am curious about what exactly this Tiger thing is. I know it's an updated version of something called Jaguar...but what exactly do these things do?

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Forget the names

In reply to: New Mac User: What exactly is Tiger?

Tiger is simply the name for the current OS (operating system). Forget the name and just enjoy it for what it is. Prior to Tiger, there was Jaguar, and before that it was Panther. It's like Microsoft calling their OS Windows 2000, Windows XP, etc. Each new OS is typically a major upgrade. I have a Mac with Tiger and one with Jaguar.

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Big cats

In reply to: Forget the names

Actually, before Tiger there was Panther, not Jaguar. On a G4 you've probably got Panther OS 10.3. something (the last version was 10.3.9). Tiger is also known as 10.4, the current latest version being 10.4.5. The next Mac OS will be 10.5, called Leopard I believe and coming out probably at the start of 2007.
Some people I've heard don't like Tiger over Panther, but I think there are some things really worth having - Spotlight, dashboard + automator for example. If you're interested in upgrading (at a cost of $129 I might add) then go to the Apple webite for info / tutorials. If you're happy with Panther and don't have the spare money I'd stick with that.

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Jon, Big Cats

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On of the new features on this cat Tiger I happen to like is Spotlight and Dashboard. Both I use a lot.
I like dashboard a lot. There are over 1500 neat downloads to choose from and more available daily.
My real favorite is Weatherbug. Gives you a current a forecast to your area and more. I also have a weather report on Belgium that is generated from the United Kingdom (BBC). Pick out a country. Bingo! You have a five day forecast. Good if you want to travel and know if you'll need a rain coat or rain gear.


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