Prepping for Tiger (OS X 10.4)

April 29, 2005

Are you getting ready to install the latest bouncing baby OS on your Mac?  If so, then you’ll want to take a little time to get ready.

First, make a quick inventory of all of your critical applications and utilities, and take a few moments visiting their websites to see if they’re ready-to-run on Tiger.  My big issue at the moment is CarbonCopyCloner, and I’m real reluctant to upgrade until they fix it or I find a Tiger-friendly replacement.  You can find a comprehensive reference to other users early Tiger experiences here, and a handy list of compatibility notes here.

Second, do a good solid backup (I like bootable backups), take all the latest upgrades for 10.3, and see if everything is still stable (I back up before taking any upgrades.  Once burned, twice shy.) Once 10.3.9 is stable and good, do another backup of your 10.3.9 system before making the leap.

Third, take a few moments and review this great set of pre-upgrade housecleaning tips from MacDevCenter.  You’ll be glad you did.

Finally, cross yourself, obtain a live chicken and an obsidian knife (*), unpack your shiny new feline, throw caution to the winds, and go for it!

Still need to obtain your copy of Tiger?  You can get a fifty dollar rebate on it here…

Don’t have a jones for Tiger yet?  Try this gi-normous 20 page detailed review from Ars Technica…

* Carried over from the initial System 7 beta installation instructions

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One Response to “Prepping for Tiger (OS X 10.4)”

  1. ncm on May 7th, 2005 4:21 am

    The only thing broken in CCC under Tiger is the authentication, otherwise the app works fine. The temporary workaround is to launch it from the CL instead of the GUI interface, which gets around the problem. In any case Mike Bombich says he’s working on a fix.

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