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Use Internet Config from 10.2 with Panther System
Panther eliminates the Internet preferences pane, which allowed you to set default mail and browser applications. In addition, it let you define ISP settings only once, for use in all applications. I tried MoreInternet and MisFox, but they did not seem to provide ISP settings, a la Internet Config.

Although Panther has a preferences pane called Internet (in /System -> Library -> PreferencePanes), it is an alias to the .Mac preferences pane. So I replaced the alias with the Internet preferences pane from Jaguar (10.2.3), and it worked -- when I opened System preferences, I was presented with the familiar Internet icon.

You can login as root user to replace the file. Alternatively, since I had a dual boot eMac, I booted into OS 9, replaced the file, rebooted under OS X, double-clicked the new Internet preferences pane, and the system asked if I wanted to install the pane. I replied yes, and that was it!

[robg adds: I do not recommend replacing bits of the system with bits from prior versions; it seems like a recipe for potential future issues. If I were going to try this, though, I'd recommend trying to add it as an 'extra' user-installed preference pane in ~/Library -> PreferencePanes, not in the top-level System folder. That way, you won't be modifying the system itself, and the hint should still work as described. If someone does test it in this alternative manner, please post your experiences.]
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Use Internet Config from 10.2 with Panther
Authored by: mpiatek on Nov 29, '04 11:27:17AM

Another option you might want to try is IC-Switch. IC-Switch allows you to change your default web browser, FTP client, news reader, RSS reader, and email app.

Check it out here:

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Use Internet Config from 10.2 with Panther
Authored by: arg on Nov 29, '04 12:10:29PM

I tried doing this using Rob's suggestion and adding the pref to my user account pref panes. I first tried double clicking the Internet.prefPane package to install it the Panther way, but was told by the System Preferences app that I could not install the pane as it already existed. So I changed the name of the Jaguar Internet.prefPane to "InternetOLD.prefPane" double clicked it and it worked. BUT it repleced the .Mac pane in System Preferences with the old Internet.prefPane. Deleting the Internet.prefPane from System Preferences and then restarting said app brought back the .Mac pane. I did not look into a way to have both pref panes show in System Preferences.

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Panther third party "Internet Config" alternatives
Authored by: mclbruce on Nov 29, '04 12:49:56PM


More Internet

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Use Internet Config from 10.2 with Panther
Authored by: delGrey on Nov 29, '04 01:04:47PM

I confirm that copying the old preference pane to ~/Library -> PreferencePanes (create the folder PreferencePanes if it doesn't already exist) works fine. Useful to me for easily switching browsers without first opening Safari or OmniWeb.

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Use Internet Config from 10.2 with Panther
Authored by: cleanhead on Nov 29, '04 01:11:53PM

A hint on Nov. 11, 2003, suggested this: "Just copy /System -> Library -> PreferencePanes -> Internet.prefPane from any version of Jaguar into the /Library -> PreferencePanes folder in Panther and you're done." I did that with one other, probably unnecessary, wrinkle: I deleted the old alias to the .mac prefPane and replaced it with an alias to the Jaguar prefPane in /Library -> PreferencePanes. I've never had a problem, nor has any Panther upgrade overwritten it.

BTW, robg was less wary that time. His advice then: "I didn't test this one, but no real harm should come from trying it -- just be aware that future system upgrades might (though I doubt it) overwrite that file, so keep a spare copy lying around just in case."

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