Mac OS X 10.3I got Panther (OS X 10.3) this week, and finally found the time to install it on my newish 12-inch Powerbook. No problem, right? Maybe if I weren’t such a retard.

11pm. I loaded the disk, and navigated through setup without a problem. Of course, as soon as I finished, I forgot that what I really wanted was to partition my gigantic 80GB drive into a System disk, and a Scratch disk.

After Panther was up and running, I went to the disk utility, and when I clicked on “partition”, it told me that I couldn’t partition the HD because it was the “boot volume”. Oh, right. That makes some sense, I guess.

So, I inserted the Panther install CD again, and rebooted. Then I ran the disk utility in the Panther setup. This let me partition the drive as I liked—though it would erase everything, which was OK by me.

Since everything was erased, I then tried to complete the Panther install again—but it told me it couldn’t do it, because no version of OS X was found on the computer. ::huh?:: It can’t install Panther on a blank formatted drive?

So, I loaded up my Apple restore disk, installed Jaguar, (which takes about 20% longer) on the new system partition, restarted with the Panther Install disk once again inserted, and finally I was able to then erase the Jaguar install, and install Panther.

3am. I think it was worth it…

  • The Finder seems very responsive and quick.
  • Switching between Programs seems fast and more intuitive (if not more Windows-intuitive)
  • Expos? is HOTT.
  • Font Book, the new type management software fills a huge hole left by Jaguar. A must-have for graphic designers.
  • Windows Friendly! Support for Windows Networking, including printing to a shared Windows printer & VPN access.

Apologies for being so clutter-minded this morning, but all of this kept me up well past my bed time!

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