GULKER -- Despite the threat of an injunction in the States, Tiger has shipped to European sales locations and it's in the channel for release. This new Apple operating system blurs the line between the internet, local services and personal files. I've seen IrishEyes and other newsfeeds running on it as a screensaver and it's quite cool to see Irishblogs floating around on desktops as the day meanders by. I think Tiger users don't care where they get their interesting stuff, they just get it and go from there. Beyond Tiger, there is .Mac but that service is "barely compelling in its current state, only attracting 500,000 of the 25 million or so Mac users," according to power user Chris Gulker, who likes "the easy iPhoto slide show sharing". It could do a lot more. Gulker mentions some other interesting things.
- Safari 2.0 is faster - Firefox fast - and supports direct rendering of RSS feeds, which is useful, and cool.
- It also renders PDF directly, which, unfortunately, because of its semi-support for forms, and the fact that it and Preview treat PDF forms differently, is probably going to confuse (and disappoint) users.
- Most of the technologies that make Tiger interesting and unique are actually brand new: Quartz, Core Audio, IOKit, Core Foundation. The hold-overs from NeXT and classic Mac OS have also evolved substantially: QuickTime, Carbon, Cocoa.
Chris Gulker -- "Mac OS X 10.4"
Ars Technica -- The best review of the new operating system
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