Tiger leaves users growling

Apple has proudly launched its latest desktop operating system, Mac OS X Tiger, which boasts numerous new features and innovations, however many companies have reported that their networking software just isn’t compatible with Apple’s new OS.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  May 5, 2005

Apple has proudly launched its latest desktop operating system, Mac OS X Tiger, which boasts numerous new features and innovations, however many companies have reported that their networking software just isn’t compatible with Apple’s new OS. When up and running, Tiger claims to host an array of new technologies to make life easier for Mac users. Spotlight, a lightening fast search engine that is built into the OS’s core is one such feature. It allows users to search through the names and contents of most documents on a system in only a second or two. Apple predicts it will have a huge impact, since running a search has now been made faster than opening a Finder window. Tiger’s second most prominent addition is Dashboard, which consists of a collection of assorted tools named ‘widgets’ that can be easily called up. Simply click the Dashboard icon and the widgets will float forward onto the desktop. Widgets include a world clock, weather centre, dictionary, stock watcher, Yellow Pages and much more. “Features such as Spotlight and Dashboard will change the way millions of people use their computers,” said a confident Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing at Apple. “Our competitors will be trying to copy Tiger’s more than 200 new features and innovations for years to come,” he added. Well that all depends on whether you can get the thing installed, especially since companies have been reporting that systems are going into kernel panic early in the install process. Paul Nelson, chief technology officer at Thursby Software experienced such an episode and claims that Apple created a new set of kernel programming interfaces that change the way the operating system works. “Now we have to go back and redesign our kernel extensions to work with Tiger, which is a major job for us,” Nelson said. Microsoft is also reporting problems with the Virtual Switch networking feature of its Virtual PC software. Zero-configuration printing and the ability to launch PC programmes via the dock are also impacted, it claimed. Other vendors such as Lobotomo Software reported Tiger related problems with its IPSecuritas VPN software. While Equinux warned on its Web site that its VPN Tracker software also doesn’t work properly with Tiger. Equinux said it can’t solve the problem and called it a bug in the Tiger kernel. ‘We are working closely with Apple to deliver a fix soon,” the company said.

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