I double clicked the install icon, gave my system password, and Ivan (my iMac G5) restarted.
Fairly simple and standard stuff so far. Choose the language, agree to the license agreement, choose type of install (Erase the hard drive! oh my!). Then I chose “Custom Install.”
First choice: don’t install printer drivers for printers you don’t need. This alone saved me 1.3GB of space. There are some new printer drivers included (Brother, Canon, Electronics for Imaging Printer Drivers, HP, Lexmark, Gimp, Ricoh and Xerox).
You can also choose to install “Additional fonts.” These fonts give you the ability to see web pages (and spam) in Chinese, Korean, Araabic, Hebrew, thai, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Gujarati, Punjabi, Armenian, Cherokee, and Inuktitut. Of course, I don’t read any of those langauges, it is kind of cool to see them sometimes. And it’s only 129Mb.
Note that the fonts are separate from “Langauge Translations.” Language Translations actually allow you to run OS X in different langaugaes. So instead of English menus, you could see Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, Brazilian Portugese, or Simplified or Traditional Chinese. Those options add 1.1GB, I don’t speak or read any of those langauegs, so no, not to be installed.
The last option is X11. X11 is “a complete X Window System implementation for running X11-based applications on Mac OS X.” Basically, you can run Unix graphical software on Tiger. It’s very geeky, and most people won’t need this, but I want the option to explore. and it’s only 89.2Mb, so why not?
That’s it, only 2.4GB required. Let’s hit Install. 9:07am.