Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 15th Oct 2003 22:47 UTC
Mac OS X I was able to try out and preview Mac OS X Panther 10.3 for the past few months after WWDC and for the last few days I am running a latest version. So, what to expect from Mac OS X when it comes out on the evening of October 24th? Come in and have a look in this preview article. Update: screenshots removed at request of Apple.
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Great Review
by Jay on Thu 16th Oct 2003 11:22 UTC

Great job, Eugenia! I've been reading about Panther and its features for so long - but your review really puts it all together into a user experience. You really do have "an eye for the UI" :-) A really great overview!

About those 1.25 MHz G4's that Apple still sells - they are a great deal. Of course, you do have to have a display too, which is no problem for some, but may be for others. If you're not a "power user", eMacs are good deals too, except you have to get more RAM. Get an iSub though and you have a fairly decent sound set up too. If you get .Mac, the Mac experience is really fun, especially for families.

I know people flame and love to argue about the speed of OS X. I've been using it since the original public beta, when it was dog slow. It is nice, for a change, to get OS updates that actually make you're older hardware faster. One trick with OS X i've found is you've got keep it as optimized as possible. My wfe has an original 700 MHz eMac (with 1 gig of RAM which helps). But, I repair disk permissions all the time and run Disk Warrier once a month to optimize the directory. And, use no haxies, etc. (which is no fun for me), but these things really help. Even that 700 MHz eMac, although no speed demon, is very usable. So, I can't wait for Panther for many reasons.

Eugenia, what is your take, in an overall sense, of Aqua vs. brushed metal? Is Apple slowly completely getting rid of Aqua??