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Tiger so far

My experiences with Tiger so far, after a few hours' playing:

  • The installer refused to install anything at first, failing after the hard disk verification stage with the everso-helpful message "There was a problem with the installation. Please try installing again". Luckily I knew where to look for the install log when I rebooted, whereupon it claimed it had encountered the dreaded Error -9972. Not wanting to take any chances, I backed up everything and did a clean install.
  • Things do generally feel somewhat snappier, as promised.
  • Spotlight does what it says on the tin, but for me, not quite as elegantly as Quicksilver, at least as an application launcher. Biggest annoyance in that regard is that you hit the shortcut (Cmd-Space, rather that Quicksilver's Ctrl-Space, but that's fine), type the first few characters of the app you want to run, and the results come back. At this point, Quicksilver will show you the closest match and you can launch it straight away ny hitting Enter. Spotlight, however, always pre-selects "Show all matches" rather than "Top hit", so you have to arrow down to select the app or file you want to open. A tad annoying.
  • Dashboard is very pretty, but some of the widgets duplicate stuff that's already in OSX, and it would be much more convenient if the widgets could be placed on your actual desktop, rather than an ExposĂ©-like overlay. It also takes up a space on the dock... haven't checked to see if it still runs if you remove it, yet.
  • Still no virtual desktop support-- Desktop Manager to the rescue.
  • Photoshop CS refuses to run any more, even after a complete re-install. (Update: I tried again, and now it does.)
  • Had to upgrade Desktop Manager and my Wacom tablet driver to get them to work, but now they're fine.

I haven't yet looked at Automator, the 3D video chatrooms in iChat (nobody to talk to!), the improved mail client (as I only use that for my work email, which I can't access until Cisco come out with a Tiger-compatible VPN client), or much else, really.

Update: samba also looks to be somewhat broken... I can connect to my office share using smbclient, but I can't mount it with mount_smbfs (or Connect to Server, in Finder).

Update II: Mac On Linux can't run Tiger yet.

Update III: There is a way to have dashboard widgets on your desktop

Update IV: Samba does work after all; in 10.4 it just sends passwords encrypted by default, which our office servers can't handle yet. Adding this to /etc/nsmb.conf fixes it:

[default]
minauth=none
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samba also looks to be somewhat broken... I can connect to my office share using smbclient, but I can't mount it with mount_smbfs (or Connect to Server, in Finder).

Hi Calum--we've just run into this, very odd, Samba server on a Red Hat Linux system accepts connections from Panther machines fine, but the one we upgraded to Tiger can't connect to it (but can connect to other Samba servers on different systems). It's some kind of authentication problem because the error message is the one you get when giving a bad password. Grr. No clue about a solution; the Panther mount_smbfs binary doesn't work on Tiger.

Posted by David Sewell on May 02, 2005 at 01:38 PM GMT+00:00 #

Hmm. It turned out that our problem wasn't with Tiger itself but with the smb.conf file on the Red Hat machine--someone or something had changed "security = user" to "security = share". When we changed it back, the Tiger machine connected okay, no problem.

Posted by David Sewell on May 02, 2005 at 02:41 PM GMT+00:00 #

Hmm, I did fnd a couple of solutions to that effect on Google... unfortunately I don't have any admin privileges on our servers, but I might have a word with our sysadmin and see if everything's in order.

Posted by Calum Benson on May 02, 2005 at 03:22 PM GMT+00:00 #

Spotlight, however, always pre-selects "Show all matches" rather than "Top hit", so you have to arrow down to select the app or file you want to open. A tad annoying.

Hold down the Apple key and it highlights the top hit, then you can just hit Return. Much less irritating, and after a while, just hitting Apple-Return in one movement became pretty natural

Posted by Mark H-J on May 03, 2005 at 03:58 AM GMT+00:00 #

Ah, nice tip Mark!

Posted by Calum Benson on May 03, 2005 at 04:33 AM GMT+00:00 #

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