Open Source Software and Linux

Feb 15 2009   7:18PM GMT

Apple set to release Tiger this Friday

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Apple is preparing to release Tiger for it’s Mac platform this Friday, Feb, 20, 2009. The new release is set to overshadow Microsoft’s release of Longhorn.

Tiger boasts over 200 enhancements over the previous release of the Mac software. Chief among those is the Spotlight search feature. Spotlight allows searching of all files on the system including metadata inside files. Sounds a lot like the open source Beagle that SuSE uses to me.

Network administrators in the media and marketing industries say that Apple is making a comeback. The OS is seen as one of the most stable in the market because it is Unix based. Even though it is proprietary it still uses some open source applications such as Samba. Samba allows Unix like machines to connect to Windows networks.

Apple is selling the software at $129 per user or $199 for a family pack. Considerably less expensive than Windows but much more expensive than Linux, FreeBSD or NetBSD.


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