news of 2005-04-16

Final Panther Update My A**?

The first reports are in, and it seems to be a disaster. Sure, there's the usual "no problemo" fraction, who have installed 10.3.9 through Software Update without any problems. (That's, of course, what Apple intended.) Then there's the usual "customize me" crew with their Safari plugins and haxies. Those are screaming for help right now, or if a bit more intelligent, they're turning off their plugins and haxies and run 10.3.9 just fine - albeit waiting for third party developers for updates to the system and software altering tools.
But there's a third crowd, and it seems it isn't small. There are PowerBooks who just don't boot anymore, there are harddrives that are not recognised by Disk Utility after the update. (And yes, those are original harddrives, built into the Macs by Apple.)
For the time being, we suggest you just wait, if you're on 10.3.8. Don't install the update until Apple releases at least an apology as well as instructions for how to proceed with a _safe_ installation of 10.3.9.

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-04-16 at 19:41 CET ]
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And: Released. Mac OS X 10.3.9, final update to Panther

Of course there'll still be some security updates and maybe one or two bug fixes in single applications, but Panther, as some say, is now 'final'. ;)

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-04-16 at 11:40 CET ]
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Yet another 10.3.9 build: 7W98

Apple has seeded build 7W98 to developers this Friday. One issue (some SMB clients couldn't connect to Samba, Windows file sharing) was solved from the previous seed. Apple really wants to make sure the final version of Panther is 'safe' to be released, since all development efforts will then be directed towards fixing what bugs are left in Tiger, so that 10.4.1 (expected at the end of May, early June) and 10.4.2 can be the only focus of the operating system people at Apple. 10.3.9 is expected to be released in the coming week.

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-04-16 at 00:05 CET ]
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