Apple has released the eighth revision to Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), which includes general operating system fixes, security updates and specific fixes that relate to:
- connecting to wireless networks using the EAP-FAST protocol
- Apple USB modem reliability
- using OpenType fonts in Microsoft Word
- compatibility with 3rd party USB hubs
- scanner performance
- RAW camera support
- printing documents with Asian language names
- performance of the Translation widget
- broadband network performance
More specifics are listed in detail at About the Mac OS X 10.4.8 Update (delta). If you are using an Intel-based Mac, please note that after installing the delta version, the computer will restart twice. “The first restart after installing this update may take several minutes; please allow it to complete.”
The delta version of the update can be downloaded via Software Update, which will correctly choose either the Intel or PowerPC version, and will be smaller in file size than the Combo Updater (now weighing in at 149MB for PowerPC Macs and a whopping 294MB for Intel Macs). Both the delta versions and the combo versions are available at Apple’s Downloads page.
Of all the specific notes, I found this one to be somewhat amusing: “Windows File Sharing now generates only one process, avoiding an issue that could cause a Mac OS X computer to become unresponsive if it won a master browser election.” Hey, who wouldn’t become unresponsive if they won a master browser election?