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The Operating System

Mac OS X 10.4, codenamed “Tiger,” is the fifth major release of Apple’s Macintosh operating system, Mac OS X. It was officially released on April 29, 2005, succeeding Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and preceding Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Tiger introduced several significant features and improvements, making it a notable release in the history of macOS.

One of the most prominent additions in Mac OS X 10.4 was Spotlight, a powerful system-wide search technology. Spotlight allowed users to quickly search and locate files, applications, emails, contacts, and more, making it easier to find information on their Macs. This feature significantly enhanced the user experience and productivity by providing fast and accurate search results.

Another key feature introduced in Tiger was Dashboard. Dashboard brought a collection of small, customizable widgets to the Mac desktop, providing quick access to various utilities, such as weather forecasts, calculators, stock tickers, and more. This feature popularized the concept of widgets, which later became a common feature in many operating systems.

In terms of performance, Mac OS X 10.4 introduced significant speed improvements compared to its predecessors. It featured optimized system routines and improved memory management, resulting in faster overall performance and more responsive user interfaces. This made Tiger a popular choice among Mac users looking for a snappy and efficient operating system.

Security enhancements were also a key focus in Mac OS X 10.4. Tiger introduced several new security features, including FileVault, which provided disk encryption for users’ home directories. It also included improved firewall capabilities and strengthened protection against malware and other security threats.

Additionally, Tiger introduced various other features and refinements, such as Automator, a visual scripting tool that allowed users to automate repetitive tasks, and the ability to create Smart Folders for organizing files based on search criteria. The operating system also included improved support for Bluetooth devices and enhanced video conferencing capabilities through iChat AV.

The Web Browser

Safari 2.0 is a web browser developed by Apple Inc., released in April 2005. It is the successor to Safari 1.0 and introduces several new features and improvements, including enhanced support for web standards such as CSS3 and HTML5, improved performance, and better compatibility with websites. Safari 2.0 also includes features such as tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking, and built-in RSS feed reading.

Browser User Agent

When contacting webservers ‘OS X 10.4 PPC with Safari 2.0’ will identify itself as ‘Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/417.9.2’.

Run Period

For ‘OS X 10.4 PPC with Safari 2.0’ Period Sites in Period Browsers is currently searching for pages archived between 2005-04-29 and 2005-10-29.

Emulation Platform

Hardware emulation for this platform is currently provided by the QEMU Project.

OS X 10.4 can be found at Macintosh Garden. Safari 2.0 is provided as part of the default install for OS X 10.4.


OS X 10.4 PPC with Safari 2.0

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