Tiger Build 8A294 Seeded To Developers
In the first major revision to see the light of day outside of the Apple campus since wwdc04, the developer preview version of Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) has undergone some major tweaks. According to ThinkSecret, changes have been made to AFP, AppKit, AppleScript, Core Graphics, File System, Finder, Graphics Drivers, High Level Toolbox, Java, Kernel, Launch Services, Mail, Navigation Services, Printing, QuickTime, Text and International, Web Core, Web Services, and Xcode Design Tools, to name a few. Apple's own description of the update points out that there are "too many revisions to list." Apple has said that Tiger would be available in the first half of 2005, and TS is now claiming that it should be expected on or around wwdc05, in late June.
Apple Insider also has information regarding the build, showing new additions such as burnable folders, tighter integration of smart folders with spotlight, and use of a groups view instead of the normal columns view within the smart folders. Additionally, they point out changes to the Apple Developer Connection distribution infrastructure (notoriously slow in the past) which is now reportedly taking around 2 hours to download the entire almost 2 GB DVD image of the new build. AI also states that there is an build of OS X 10.4 Server floating around the Apple campus, but hasn't made its way out to developers yet.