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Based on the apparent development schedule, it seems that Panther's ship date is fast approaching, and that most features have probably stabilized by now (given build numbers now into the high "Bs"). As such, I'd like to start collecting Panther hints. If you have access to Panther and have discovered an interesting hidden feature, please feel free to submit it.

A couple of cautions on this matter: Panther is an unreleased product in current development. If you have legal access to the builds, you also have agreed to and signed a non-disclosure agreement, which means you shouldn't be telling anyone about it. If you have it illegally, well, then, you shouldn't have it at all :). In either case, it's up to you and your conscience as to whether you wish to send in any hints or not. Given how openly Panther is discussed on ThinkSecret, MacRumors, and the other Mac news/rumor sites, it seems Apple isn't too concerned about keeping the lid on their new release ... still, it's worth noting the caution.

No Panther hints will be published before the operating system is shipping and available to everyone, whenever that may be. I will also be testing all submitted hints against the final Panther release prior to publication, to insure that nothing has changed between hint submission and release of the final version.

If you decide to submit a Panther hint, please submit it with Panther: at the front of the hint title, as that will make it much easier for me to track for the next X days/weeks/months until Panther's release.

Your humble hint servant;
-rob.
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Call for hints: Mac OS X 10.3 [aka Panther]
Authored by: muxlow on Sep 26, '03 11:33:12AM

Prepping for the next book already, eh? ; )

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Nah...
Authored by: robg on Sep 26, '03 04:44:09PM
Just want to have a nice selection handy to run here when it does ship, otherwise I'll get the other side of the coin: "Hey, how come there aren't any Panther hints?! It did ship yesterday, after all!" :)

-rob.

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The hint I'd most like to see...
Authored by: Air Mapster on Sep 26, '03 02:06:20PM

When's it gonna ship? I was sure they'd announce a ship date at Apple Expo Paris, even if it wouldn't ship til late October or early November. I'm trying to order a couple of PowerBooks for work and I need them by October 15. I was hoping I'd either be able to get them with Panther, or at least eligible for free upgrades to Panther. But that usually wouldn't happen until after they announce the ship date. Darn!



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The hint I'd most like to see...
Authored by: Brian Kendig on Sep 29, '03 09:49:33AM

The view right now seems to indicate that Panther will probably appear on store shelves by the end of November.

Remember, it's only barely into Final Candidate status at the moment. It still has to work its way to Golden Master and be duplicated and boxed and shipped to stores.



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Panther Hint Request
Authored by: martinx on Sep 26, '03 04:49:50PM

How about a kind of reverse hint question list? For example, I've got questions I'd like answered before I put any money down to upgrade to Panther:

1. Panther is supposedly going to be competing with Longhorn. What does it have in the way of database filesystem features? (I'm guessing it has no database features cuz I've not heard a peep from anyone about it. Why is it being compared to Longhorn then?)

2. Does Panther support accessing CD-RW in packet mode? Last I checked, Roxio STILL didn't support this in their burner tools. What's up with that?

I'm hoping there are really more technical features added then the mostly UI stuff on Apple's web site. I realize Apple is mostly about the GUI, but you'd think since they were getting innovate with OS X they wouldn't just stop at that...



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Panther vs Longhorn
Authored by: porkchop_d_clown on Sep 26, '03 09:47:39PM

Panther is supposedly going to be competing with Longhorn. What does it have in the way of database filesystem features?

Please remember that Longhorn won't be out for another year - the earliest the rumor mill puts it is August 2005. the only reason anyone claims Panther and Longhorn are "competing" is because M$ is spreading FUD about how great Longhorn will be when it ships - "Why by a mac now, when you can wait 18 months and get Longhorn!"

I think this whole "competition" thing started a while back when someone stated that Apple's aggressive upgrade schedule of a new major release each year was letting them steal a march on M$. Her point was that by the time Longhorn was ready to ship, Apple would have already released Panther plus whatever follows Panther.

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Obsolete hints...
Authored by: GaelicWizard on Sep 27, '03 03:05:58AM

I was just thinking that it might be something worth while for someone to test and mark what hints expire with what operating system. For example, *all* the sendmail hints will expire with panther, since panther uses postfix. Also, postfix install hints will expire. Some things like how to install DarwinPorts will expire because its being updated and made easier at a very fast rate, and its part of panther. I would be happy to test any OSX specific things that no longer work in panther, if you'd be willing to add a note/icon to the specified hint, robg.

The reason that i'm thinking about this is that I do a fresh install with each 10.x release and i like to go back and apply all the hints that i've gotten from here that I did before, but its hard to search for them because I keep finding hints that are only gor 10.0/10.1/not-my-version. Does that make sense?

And yes, this is (sorta) on topic since we're talking about a new 10.x release and hints here on MACOSXHINTS. :-)

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Obsolete hints...
Authored by: macubergeek on Sep 27, '03 05:14:55PM

this is a good point!



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Call for hints: Mac OS X 10.3 [aka Panther]
Authored by: macubergeek on Sep 27, '03 05:17:17PM

I'd be particularly interested in security related hints....particularly IPSEC client capabilities...I'm a firewall administrator and I'm getting requests on how a mac os x client can connect to a Checkpoint firewall like windows clients can (using Securemote or SecureClient).



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Call for hints: Mac OS X 10.3: vpn
Authored by: matx666 on Sep 29, '03 06:56:42PM

vaporsec by afp548.com



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Call for hints: Mac OS X 10.3: vpn
Authored by: moneymoy on Oct 27, '03 04:05:27PM

Shouldn't Panther's Internet Connect do the trick without having to install vaporsec?



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DiscRecording.framework DevicePlugIns[Replacement]
Authored by: morphis on Oct 05, '03 04:39:09AM

Has anyone yet found out how to modify Panther's DiscRecording, to support drives currently supported by modifying the DevicePlugIns in the DiscRecording.framework e.g.
My Sony DRU-510A works fine on Jaguar with iDVD, but Panther doesnt seem to use a Jaguar style DiscRecording.framework.



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DiscRecording.framework DevicePlugIns[Replacement]
Authored by: cilly on Oct 10, '03 07:09:04PM

Now not only the product ID is scanned, it seems the manufacturer is scanned, too.

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