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[ written by fryke™ on 2005-04-20 at 23:04 CET ]
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Slowly, the clouds get thinner: Mac OS X 10.3.9 update done right...

Simply put: If you're still on Mac OS X 10.3.8 because of some horrible things you've heard, you can now update. However, you have to be a bit careful. First, I'd download the combo updater. Now you've got to update any Safari hacks, should you have installed any. PitHelmet, Sogudi, AcidSearch and the like. Then, I'd reboot and login to your main administator account (if you just have one account, that's the one I'm talking about). Make sure you quit all applications that start automatically, because you've put them into your login items. Then do the update. Don't start any applications! And _right_ after Mac OS X restarts, head over to Software Update. Apple's released Security Update 2005-004 this very night. After that, you should have a fine System 10.3.9.

If you've already installed 10.3.9 and your system is in some way not running fine, just do the same as I've stated above, and do _not_ leave out the steps you think you already did. Apparently, the 10.3.9 updater might have not been able to update some Java libraries correctly the first time you've tried, because they were in use. (That's both Apple's bug and your own fault, since you _should_ close your apps before updating, although it shouldn't be necessary on a modern system as Mac OS X.)

Either way: I think Mac OS X 10.3.9 is the final update to Panther. It's a fine system if updated correctly. And Apple will still release security updates if needed. And it's kinda fitting, too, I think. The whole Panther era was off to a bad start with 7B85's (10.3.0) FireWire issue and other bugs. Every update from then on brought some new mysterious flaws (10.3.4 was the best, I think, and then 10.3.8) and many users hosed their systems with such updates. That 10.3.9 was not the cleanest update - although Apple did a loooooooong Final Candidate phase on it - puts Panther's era to an end that serves it well. Good system, badly delivered. I personally think Apple should hand copies of Panther 10.3.9 CDs/DVD out to any retail buyer of any version of Panther. Full versions, so you don't have to go through an update process. This way, those who intend to stay on Panther, could reinstall their machines cleanly - and safely. Alas, I don't think they would do that. Here's to the hope that Tiger won't be the same story all over again...

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-04-20 at 03:06 CET ]
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