Mac OS X Tiger: End of the Road?

Next week in San Francisco, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the question may be answered about whether Apple will continue to support the Mac OS X, Version 10.4, aka Tiger. What is the current status? With Apple discontinuing patches, and developers currently dropping support in updates, its days appear numbered.

How big is OSX Tiger in market share? Here are the numbers compared to other  OS.

View Trend Windows XP 62.55%
View Trend Windows Vista 15.25%
View Trend Windows 7 12.68%
View Trend Mac OS X 10.6 2.34%
View Trend Mac OS X 10.5 1.96%
View Trend Mac OS X 10.4(Tiger) 0.66%
View Trend Mac OS X (no version reported) 0.14%
View Trend Mac OS 0.05%
View Trend Mac OS X Mach-O 0.04%

There are several million users of Tiger. However, Tiger is being overlooked for updates. For example, in February, the Mozilla development team said it would not provide support for Tiger in the next major update of Firefox.

Recently, in a post by Mac Blogger, Charles Moore, he points out that security updates have not included Tiger; moreover, browser support is falling by the wayside.

Another area that shows the writing on the wall is the writing for OS. For developers, starting with the release of Leopard, many programmers have made new titles for Snow Leopard only. This migration may have started early in the Leopard release cycle. One thing that developers were quick to notice was that it was easy to develop for Leopard/Snow Leopard but too much effort required for a Tiger version.

Support issues usually tend to originate with developers. They are the first to get help, and when they stop getting help, then consumers will also see cut back in support.

Mac OS X Tiger (version 10.4) was the fifth major release of Mac OS X. It was released to the public on 29 April 2005.  After 30 months, Tiger was succeeded by Mac OS X Leopard (version 10.5) on 26 October 2007, making Tiger the longest running version of Mac OS X.

Source: NetMarketShare

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4 Responses to Mac OS X Tiger: End of the Road?

  1. Michael Lankton June 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    It's a 5 year old os, it should be buried. What's shocking is that 62+% of this study shows people using XP. That is a 9 year old operating system people. It's like something from the industrial revolution, put it to rest and upgrade.

  2. yp972 June 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    I have a PPC Mac Mini (they switched to Intel within months of my buying it!). It runs Tiger, and I'm at a bit of a loss. My impression was that Snow Leopard is not available for PPC. Am I mistaken?

    What does one do in this situation? Apple makes wonderful hardware that lasts for years. My Mac Mini is still humming along like a champ. I would like to continue using it for several more years. A brief search on Leopard has not turned up an economical solution. I'm not going to spend hundreds of dollars on an OS for my 5-year old underpowered computer!

    I'd consider Linux, but it runs the computer too hot, and it doesn't seem to be supported much either.

  3. Michael Lankton June 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Run MorphOS! They added PPC Mac Mini support and it is lightning fast.

  4. yp972 June 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    That looks interesting — I remember Amigas! Unfortunately, it comes with a significant price tag, which I can't pay. At that price, I might as well get Leopard.

    My 4-year old son is the primary user of our Mac mini — he plays flash games on kids' web sites. I have the feeling this wouldn't be happening in MorphOS! Probably not in whatever Linux flavors I could find that support PPC, either. (I have Xubuntu on a small partition, and it's fun to run it sometimes for variety, but it's inadequate for daily use, not to mention the high-CPU usage….)

    Well, I'm sure there'll be some discussion of this issue in the days to come if Apple drops support…

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