operating system goodness

Mac OS X 10.3 “Panther” was released tonight.

I’ve been running Beta 7B85 of Panther (the version that became “gold master” and the retail release) for about a week and a half now. I’m very impressed – its very fast, overall. I’d say about 30-50% faster for some operations than 10.2 “Jaguar”. Machine here at home is a dual-867 G4 “Mirrored Drive Door” tower with GeForce 4MX video and 2G of RAM.

Gotta wait till next week (payday) to fork out the $129 for my official retail-release copy, though.

2 thoughts on “operating system goodness

  1. So is it really worth $129? The main feature I see that I’d pay hard-earned money for is “Exposť” (named no doubt after a certain South Congress landmark). Okay, I wouldn’t mind having FileVault and fast user switching, too. But $129?

    And it looks like they still don’t include some essentials, like a built-in backup utility. Some days I think the folks at Apple are only marginally less idiotic than the people in Redmond.

  2. It’s definitely worth it – its as much faster than 10.2 as 10.2 was over, say, 10.0 initial release. I like the new Finder, expose’ is usable (bound it to my middle mouse button), etc. They rolled Disk Copy into Disk Utility, though, which confused me for a couple seconds.

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