Which OSX do I go for

G4graphic

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Hi, im new here, I have just bought a G4 (digital audio) 466mhz with 1.2GB of RAM and running OS 9.2. My question is do I upgrade to Panther or Tiger because I want to connect it to my home network. i have heard this is easier to do on OSX. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated as I have not used a Mac for a long time.
 

DXoverDY

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Upgrade to Tiger.. it's the newest one.

Or if you want to wait till Spring 07, you can then get Leopard.
Oh a 466mhz G4? You're kidding me...

Panther is likely to be the best in this case... Tiger or Leopard will eat this machine for breakfast lunch and dinner
 

WildCowboy

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Tiger runs much better on my G3 500 MHz iBook than Panther does...go with Tiger.
 

FF_productions

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DXoverDY said:
Oh a 466mhz G4? You're kidding me...

Panther is likely to be the best in this case... Tiger or Leopard will eat this machine for breakfast lunch and dinner
Panther or Tiger would be fine. Make sure you have loads of ram though.

I prefer Tiger over Panther, because it's the most current OS right now and I like to stay up to date.
 

thedude110

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Perhaps just to be contrarian, I'm running Jaguar on my 300 mhz blueberry clamshell and it's pretty flawless (and snappy enough).

Regardless of the version of OS X you choose, I would leave OS 9 behind. 9.2 is a wonderfully stable OS, but it's veering toward being pretty out of date.
 

Nermal

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I'd go for Panther, but that's just because Tiger has a bug in the international settings that may not apply to you. I actually have Panther installed on a 400 MHz G3 with 832 MB of RAM, and it's certainly "fast enough". I've had Tiger on there in the past, but I'm not sure whether it was faster or slower.
 

ricgnzlzcr

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I have Tiger on my 400 mhz sawtooth and it's just zippy enough. I never used panther though so I can't really comment on that.
 

Pistol Pete

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DXoverDY said:
Oh a 466mhz G4? You're kidding me...

Panther is likely to be the best in this case... Tiger or Leopard will eat this machine for breakfast lunch and dinner

No worries its a good guess...

but some of us arnt new to macs :)

Back on topic...Go with tiger...and feed it a gig of ram :)

I have a g3 450 with tiger and it loves it :)
 

dpaanlka

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Tiger will be excellent on that machine. Leopard probably will be too. Remember if you go with Panther (for some reason?) once Leopard comes out, new versions of software will mostly stop supporting Panther very quickly.
 

mick4394

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When I upgraded my 500Mhz iBook from Panther to Tiger, it took a noticeable drop in speed. Unless you're really stuck on the idea of using the Dashboard and Widgets (which is extremely overrated, in my opinion), I'd stick with Panther. It doesn't hog the resources like Tiger.
 

WildCowboy

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When I upgraded my 500Mhz iBook from Panther to Tiger, it took a noticeable drop in speed. Unless you're really stuck on the idea of using the Dashboard and Widgets (which is extremely overrated, in my opinion), I'd stick with Panther. It doesn't hog the resources like Tiger.
Interesting...I had the exact opposite experience with mine. 384 MB of RAM.
 

SmurfBoxMasta

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When I upgraded my 500Mhz iBook from Panther to Tiger, it took a noticeable drop in speed. Unless you're really stuck on the idea of using the Dashboard and Widgets (which is extremely overrated, in my opinion), I'd stick with Panther. It doesn't hog the resources like Tiger.
A) Running Tiger on a DP 450/2GB sawtooth notta problemo, zippy or otherwise. WAY faster than Panther !

B) You dont HAVE to use dashboard or spotlight, kill them for no drag :)
 

G4graphic

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which OSX do I go for

Whoa serious response. Alot of opinions out there but after reading all of the posts I think I will go for Tiger. Thanks for the input.
 

mick4394

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A) Running Tiger on a DP 450/2GB sawtooth notta problemo, zippy or otherwise. WAY faster than Panther !

B) You dont HAVE to use dashboard or spotlight, kill them for no drag :)
Never said you have to use dashboard. I was pointing out that if you don't want to use it, there's not much point in going for Tiger over Panther.
 

dpaanlka

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Never said you have to use dashboard. I was pointing out that if you don't want to use it, there's not much point in going for Tiger over Panther.
Except that once Leopard is out, a lot of software isn't going to support Panther much longer...
 

Eric5h5

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Never said you have to use dashboard. I was pointing out that if you don't want to use it, there's not much point in going for Tiger over Panther.
There's waaaay more to Tiger than Dashboard and Spotlight. It's true that a fair amount of functionality in Tiger isn't obvious to the average end user, but already there's some software that runs better in Tiger and in some cases not at all on Panther because of that.

--Eric
 
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