I am not one to stand in line or rush out to get the first version of a new operating system, so I am going to let the nice other eager souls take the first cuts on OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Over the years, I have found it more prudent to wait for the X.X.1 release.
Frankly, the appearance and functionality of a computer operating system of little interest- it works best when it is not a big deal, when it is transparent, and supports my work flow. Dropping everything to back up, clean up, install, re-install software, find lost pieces, play with new features… well it takes time. There is a cost (for me) in time.
I recall the fun term for all the little add-on software some folks spend hours/days/?? twiddling with- “FritterWare” meaning that it was stuff you could fritter your time away making your menubars a different color, customizing the boings your email program makes (mine is silent), having a funky clock, more or less “desktop candy” if you well.
I am not a change grump and I do have my ideas on the new feature sets but it boils down to the simple question- is it Urgent and Important to my work to do it now? The “old” stuff is running fine.
I will get around to upgrade in a few weeks (we have ordered them for our entire office), after reviewing all the blogs and boards of those who are kind enough to leap body first into a new OS.
Maybe I am just getting old, but I will ride the Tiger when I need to or have the time to, not when it roars.