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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.

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  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    If there’s anything that makes we wince, it’s whining about something before there’s anything to whine about.

    But I can fix that for you: the price of the upgrade is too high.

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    I dunno. I don’t pay full price for Apple software upgrades either because I do some adjunct teaching. But, if I did pay full price, maybe I would complain. For most people, we are talking two $129 upgrades in two years, plus whatever they pay for .Mac.

  • http://www.sanfordmay.com san

    Geeks.

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com/ Ken Edwards

    well my point was people where whining about this very same thing when 10.2 shipped as well. and now once again, its happening again.

    geeks? and your point is? :P

  • http://www.templestark.com/blog Temple A. Stark

    So, if I’m OS 9xx can I get go straight to Panther? And, yes, $129 is high for an upgrade and I’m a big Mac lover (hold the cheese and onions).

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com/ Ken Edwards

    Yes you can “upgrade” from OS 9 to Panther. That is why i put upgrade in quotes in my post. its a full price.

    Jaguar, Panther, they are nice like Service Packs. And I do not think they should be free upgrades. I am very happy paying for all the new features and enhancements.

    Why is it that no one likes the onions :p

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    “my point was people where whining about this very same thing when 10.2 shipped as well. and now once again, its happening again.”

    With such a consistent response to the high upgrade price, don’t you suppose the lesson might be that the upgrade price actually is too high?

  • http://www.sanfordmay.com san

    All i know is that I want to borrow someone’s copy who received it today or yesterday; so I can install it *today*; and not have to wait until mine is delivered *tomorrow*.

    Yes, I’m a geek. So what?

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com/ Ken Edwards

    With such a consistent response to the high upgrade price, don’t you suppose the lesson might be that the upgrade price actually is too high?

    *sigh* No, I do not.

    you make my point so well.

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    “*sigh* No, I do not.
    you make my point so well.”

    *sigh* No, I do not.