Summary: I upgraded from 10.2, and this is definitely an improvement. The system seems very stable, with fewer freezes. I tend to get too many windows and applications open at one time, and the system seems to work right along with me wihout slowing down until I've gotten REALLY carried away!
Pros: Fewer crashes & freezes. Safari is great! Haven't learned all the tricks yet, but it seems to be doing everything I want it to.
Cons: My printer manufacturers aren't yet posting drivers updated to 10.4. There seems to be a color shift in outputs from 10.2 to 10.4.
Summary: Overall, Tiger is better than the older 10.1.5. All three kids have already adapted to it. Also, you need the newer version to support the latest iTunes which in turn is needed for the iPOD nano and video. It did not cause any problems with old files, which was particularly important with the photos and songs already on the machine. Have not subscribed to .mac and am not sure I want to backup the HD through .mac.
Pros: Installation with older version 10.1.5 was straightforward (select move preferences vs. deleting the old OS). New features seem to be strong. Faster than old OS.
Summary: This is a solid upgrade from Apple, with some features that will become more and more important to you only after you begin using them. (The Spotlight search feature tops the list.) At first, it may not seem to be as big a deal as the marketers have made it, but for the price, it's absolutely worth the purchase. And once you customize your "Dashboard", you computer seems to have even more of a personality than ever before.
Summary: As always a solid operating system from apple. I am not a first time user of this product, I have several years of experience using this particular version on another computer and feel that a 4 star rating is fair for its usability compared to later versions.
Getting considerably more value out of my computer
27 March 2011
Summary: Installed Mac OS X 10.4 on my older Emac computer and can say that it has made a key difference in the usefulness of this computer. With the old version (10.3) I was not even able to use Facebook efficiently. When trying to watch videos on Youtube, my browser would crash. All of this has been resolved and my computer, which I purchased used for a fraction of the price it would cost to get a new one, is now sufficient for most of what I like to do with it.
Excerpt: I have been using the Mac OSx snow leopard for nearly a year now and I am still learning new applications everyday. The first thing you'll notice about snow leopard is how fast the operating system loads on your computer. I run snow leopard on an Intel-based 27 inch iMac and from pressing the on button, the computer is fully loaded in about 30 to 40 seconds. In comparison with a Windows based machine this is very quick.
Summary: I upgraded my four-year-old G3 desktop from OS 9.2 to OS X 10.3. For me, claims that an upgrade or installation is "easy" hardly ever pan out; I usually seem to encounter problems. So I held on to the 10.3 upgrade for about a week before I mustered up the courage to install it. The installation proved to be mostly painless.The 10.3 internet configuration helper l didn't work for me, so I had to call my ISP to get the settings right.
A great deal ... if you haven't done this in a while
Eric J. Lyman, Amazon
18 January 2004
Summary: I upgraded my G4 Powerbook to Panther about two weeks ago and so far everything's gone off without a hitch. But while this system continues the rock-solid stability I was accustomed to and there are dozens of improvements here as detailed by my fellow reviewers and in The Missing Manual (which I loved), I wonder if this update is a good value for money for those who were already using OS10.2 as I was.