Tiger Thoughts

Date: 2008-11-02 11:52:02 Created: null


So, I got the chance to play with Tiger on Pomum. To be more exact, I've installed Tiger on a partition on my external hard drive. That means Tiger lives on a drive which is a sports car compared Pomum's internal truck full of lead. This, combined with the fact that it's a completely fresh installation, should account for at a bit of the snappiness of things. But people have said Tiger is once again faster than its predecessor on the same hardware, and I'm inclined to believe it's true.

To mention something specific, I didn't expect Dashboard to be so snappy on my computer. The quaint little graphics chip in this computer doesn't support Core Image, so I don't get the water-ripple-effect when I add widgets, but everything's there and works, and is smooth too. Actually using it hasn't convinced me it's a great feature to have, that you won't be able to live without after a while, but at least I've found a few fun/promising widgets to fill my space with. ICQ UIN and IP address lookups are never wrong to have around. And of course the weather widget looks too nice not to activate. For now, anyway.

Spot the Light Yet?

I haven't done any real testing of Spotlight yet, but it indexed the drive (there's another large partition I use for general file storage, so it's got a bit to work with at least) and seemed fast enough finding an app or two when I searched for them. So I've got Spotlight on apple-space and Quicksilver on control-space. Got to do some more testing to see which feels nicer. I think Quicksilver would/will hold up for app launching and all those cool plugin-enabled tasks, but Spotlight should take over file searches. Unless I want to do something QS provides easily with them I guess ... I don't see any mutual exclusivity yet, that's it.

Summary so far: Tiger's about as expected, only a bit snappier.

The Inevitable Acid Test

A good night's sleep and download later and I had the latest version of Xcode installed too, ready to try another fun thing you can do with Tiger: downloading, building and using the latest developer version of WebKit. WebKit is a name for the frameworks which power the rendering of HTML, JavaScript and more (widgets for example) in OS X and it was recently open sourced. I've tried building it before, but of course (I wasn't too surprised) the very latest WebKit requires the very latest OS X too so my builds could never finish properly.

Not until now!

The WebKit open source site provides concise and easy to follow instructions for downloading, building and running Safari with new WebKits, once I had the needed parts (Tiger and Xcode that is, no strange additives required) it was just a matter of sitting back, watching the V for Vendetta trailer and waiting for the build to finish before running the magical "run-safari" script.

So, I can now run a browser which passes the Acid2 browser test with flying colours. Now what?


Let me get back to you on that one ...