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The Tiger Thread (Mac OS X 10.4)

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Amethyst1

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Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Supported PowerPC Hardware:
  • iMac G3 with FireWire
  • iMac DV
  • iMac G4
  • iMac G5
  • eMac G4
  • Mac mini G4
  • Power Mac G3 Blue & White
  • Power Mac G4
  • Power Mac G4 Cube
  • Power Mac G5
  • Xserve G4
  • Xserve G5
  • iBook G3 Clamshell with FireWire, Snow
  • PowerBook G3 with FireWire
  • PowerBook G4 Titanium
  • PowerBook G4 Aluminium

Supported Intel Hardware:
  • iMac (Early 2006, Mid 2006, Late 2006, Mid 2007)
  • Mac Pro (Original, 8-core)
  • Mac mini (Early 2006, Late 2006, Mid 2007)
  • Xserve (Late 2006)
  • MacBook (Original, Late 2006, Mid 2007)
  • MacBook Pro (Original, Late 2006, Mid/Late 2007)

Compatible Intel Hardware Not Officially Supported:
  • iMac (Early 2008) with Radeon HD 2600 Pro, Radeon 2400 XT model has issues including no sound, no Internet connection, cannot shut down from OS, installing updates makes OS unbootable (10.4 Server)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008) – no graphics acceleration
  • Xserve (Early 2008) – no graphics acceleration
  • MacBook (Early 2008) – no graphics acceleration
  • MacBook Air (Original) – no graphics acceleration
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2008)

Minimum RAM:
  • 256 MB (unofficially runs on 128 MB)

Minimum Hard Drive Space / Partition Size:
  • 3 GB

Release Date:
  • April 29, 2005

Here is Tiger running on my 12-inch 1.33 GHz PowerBook:

tiger-20180828.png


Wallpaper in case anyone wants it: https://www.deviantart.com/boss019/art/Pacific-Calm-138356914


Apple Software Updates



Web Browsers, FTP et al.



Audio & Video



Games

(to be populated)


Graphics & Design


Office & Productivity


Emulators


Hypervisors / Virtualisation (Intel only)

Software & Web Development


Tools & Utilities


Third-party 802.11n/802.11ac Wifi Adapters and Drivers



Note: The versions listed here may not be the latest versions compatible with Tiger. I'm listing what I found/use on my installations.

This is a WikiPost. Please contribute by editing with more download links and information.

-Amethyst1
 
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I have added the updates that I know of :) Tiger is the oldest version that Software Update still works on so it is easier to update a new installation of it and Apple's own applications for it than it is with the older versions, at least for as long as they keep that running...

There are also a whole load of Java updates that have to be applied incrementally (latest one is Java 5 Release 9), the links should all be in the catalogue file that Software Update uses: https://swscan.apple.com/content/catalogs/index.sucatalog
 
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@647156: Thanks for adding the updates. Yeah, Sotware Update is still working for now but it's nice to have the direct links just to be safe in case the plug is pulled on them.

I've added a list of compatible Intel hardware (it's early/old enough to be welcomed here) as well as more applications including Intel-only hypervisors.
 
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Added Adium, FileZilla, Transmission, VLC, CocoviewX, FastIcns, ToyViewer, OpenOffice.org, coconutBattery.
 
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Of what, Tiger itself? it would be against the rules to post any downloads of non-free software here (updaters and free software are fine), but it can be found on well-known "abandonware" websites or you can pick up genuine copies from eBay cheaply these days.
 
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Added :
-VirtueDesktop, add spaces on your Tiger. There are other softs doing that, like Desktop Manager, but VirtueDesktop is nice in that it allows to have different wallpapers on each spaces , (+ many other options of course).
There was only one other spaces manager that could do that on Tiger, that was You Control Desktop, unfortunately the editor disappeared without leaving the possibility to activate online...
- Tor Browser 3.5.4 PPC.
- SoundJamMP 2.5.2 !! best music player ever :p Available on the MacGarden of course.
- Blender 2.56, last version Tiger.
- Gimp 2.6.11, requires X11.
 
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@galgot , you made me curious! I downloaded SoundJam and discovered it was so amazing in its time that Apple bought it and built iTunes on it. Nice facts... It has a lot of functions and it is a very well done music player but, I am looking for the one that uses less CPU ever. I tried VLC and Vox, and both use 6-7% of CPU against the 16 of SoundJam. Are there even more optimized players somewhere?
 
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COG on my taste better for digital audio, nice and simple, like Foobar2000 user interface. Playing most of lossless file formats, and application can send musical information directly to DACs. This is the mostly more audiophilled app for PPC mac.
 
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You could try CMus :
http://ppcluddite.blogspot.com/2013/11/ladies-and-gentlemen-your-itunes-killer.html
Available via macports or TigerBrew. It's through the Terminal, no GUI, tho. Can listen to streams too.
I now use it more than iTunes for sure...

But I do still use SoundJamMP on my PPCs for listening radio, plus you can use WinAmp skins with it, only needs to be converted with the "skin converter" included with SoundJamMP.
 
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Added :
-VirtueDesktop, add spaces on your Tiger. There are other softs doing that, like Desktop Manager, but VirtueDesktop is nice in that it allows to have different wallpapers on each spaces , (+ many other options of course).
There was only one other spaces manager that could do that on Tiger, that was You Control Desktop, unfortunately the editor disappeared without leaving the possibility to activate online...
- Tor Browser 3.5.4 PPC.
- SoundJamMP 2.5.2 !! best music player ever :p Available on the MacGarden of course.
- Blender 2.56, last version Tiger.
- Gimp 2.6.11, requires X11.

Thanks; rearranged them to follow alphabetical order within their respective subcategories.

Added links to LibreOffice, TaskPaper, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner[Pro].
Added Art Directors Toolkit, BBEdit, Colloquy, Nisus Writer Express and Pro, OmniFocus, OmniPlan, OneWindowBrowser, OnyX, Xbench.
 
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You could try CMus :
http://ppcluddite.blogspot.com/2013/11/ladies-and-gentlemen-your-itunes-killer.html
Available via macports or TigerBrew. It's through the Terminal, no GUI, tho. Can listen to streams too.
I now use it more than iTunes for sure...

But I do still use SoundJamMP on my PPCs for listening radio, plus you can use WinAmp skins with it, only needs to be converted with the "skin converter" included with SoundJamMP.
I'd really like to try it, but I am too lazy to install xcode and then Macports :p
 
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Added link to The Unarchiver.

Added Adobe Reader, ATIccelerator, EyeTV, FileJuicer, Firefox (just for the heck of it), G4FanControl, GraphicConverter, Growl (no download link found), LiveQuartz, PPCAppStore, PrefEdit, Teleport, Temperature Monitor, TenFourBird, TextMate, TextWrangler, TinkerTool, USB Overdrive.

Update 2018/08/30: Added Basilisk II, Esperance DV, Geekbench, MacPorts, Scroll Reverser, SheepShaver, Tigerbrew.

Update 2018/08/31: Added FotoMagico, iStopMotion, Picturesque, PhotoPresenter.
 
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The Matrix
Added SMTube and TenFourTube.

Facebook/Twitter have been ignored because Facebook and Twitter suck and need to die. So does YouTube, but it unfortunately happens to be a crucial component of modern life, thus I'll let it slide.

Good job everybody.
 
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Added iCalamus, iStudio Publisher, Q, Spark, WriteRoom, XPostFacto.

Update: I've just confirmed that Pixelmator 1.5.0 runs on Tiger and have added it to the list.
 
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This is link for COG audio player.

https://cogx.org/
Added.

Added link to Growl 1.1.6.

Update 2018/09/01: Added Img2Icns and SIDPLAY.

Update 2018/09/02: Added AirServer 3.1.2. AirPlay Mirroring requires Snow Leopard though.

Update 2018/09/03: Added AbiWord, A Better Finder Attribute/Rename, MacBreakZ and Vidi.
 
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Added list of Intel hardware that Tiger runs on despite not being supported, along with main caveats.
 
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Added list of Intel hardware that Tiger runs on despite not being supported, along with main caveats.
I have messed with Tiger on Intel quite a bit, so I can say this. I have a 2008 iMac with Radeon 2400 XT graphics, and it runs Tiger. However it does not detect any audio hardware, so there is no sound (if you click the volume icon it just disappears) and networking is broken over both Ethernet and Wi-Fi. If there is a fix for either I'd love to know but I'd assume there is none due to them being unsupported. Another important thing to note is I used Mac OS X Tiger Server 10.4.7 Universal to install. This version can be installed on any Intel Macs that can run Tiger, meaning you can run it without having the included discs. This is good because those discs are rare, but of course there are differences between the regular OS X and the Server versions.
 
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@retta283: Thanks for the info. Do you get accelerated graphics with the 2400 XT? And would you like to add these caveats to the first post?
 
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@retta283: Thanks for the info. Do you get accelerated graphics with the 2400 XT? And would you like to add these caveats to the first post?

I ran tiger on iMac 2008 too, all equipment works with it pretty fine, even graphics acceleration with 2400 XT, except sound. Instead of sound card I used a cheap China DAC "Matrix rip", which works fine even with Jaguar. Tiger fully updated with all critical security updates.
 
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I ran tiger on iMac 2008 too, all equipment works with it pretty fine, even graphics acceleration with 2400 XT, except sound. Instead of sound card I used a cheap China DAC "Matrix rip", which works fine even with Jaguar. Tiger fully updated with all critical security updates.
Strange as when I tried to install any updates for Tiger on my 2008 iMac it would make the OS unbootable
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@retta283: Thanks for the info. Do you get accelerated graphics with the 2400 XT? And would you like to add these caveats to the first post?
I added the info. Also included the fact that when I shut it down from the Apple menu it brings up a message saying I need to restart the computer, which requires me to hold the power button. If I then reboot into another version of OS X it will tell me the OS crashed. In addition when I tried to install 10.4.8 or higher updates, when the computer restarted it would boot loop, making it unusable.
 
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