I just got notification that Panther shipped. I pre-ordered it from the Apple Education Store ($69.99) the day it was available on the site.
I was hoping that I would receive Panther on the 24th and it looks like I will. I wondered (as did others) if Apple would ship on the 24th or if they actually meant that we would get our orders. Nice. It looks like we get our orders on the 24th.
I just checked and the FedEx web site says I will have it by 4:30 on the 24th
I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I have a lot of things I have been wanting to post about but want to wait to confirm them for myself.
I would like to take this moment to discuss the price of “upgrading” Mac OS X. To all those people who bitch and complain about the $129 ($69 educational) price – put a sock in it. Want some cheese for your whine? The move to Jaguar was huge, and the move to Panther is also very large. The amount of new features, not to mention the speed improvements thanks to the reworked text rendering engine (I have read reports of Panther betas running much much smoother on G3 systems then Jaguar ever did) is worth the price of the upgrade. If I did not work in Academia I would pay the $129, it just so happens that I work for a university.
I just cannot get over the amount of bickering related to the price of upgrading the OS. Its ridiculous.
Originally posted on Breaking Windows.