OS X: Should I get Panther now or wait for Tiger?

Posted on 2004-11-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-29
I've got several Macs with various OS versions. I'd like to update them all to Panther, but I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile for me to wait for Tiger to come out.

From what I've read so far, Tiger seems to be mostly new multimedia/AV features and user interface gewgaws, which are not important to me. I'm interested in stability, compatibility, and solid networking. Is there a reason for me to wait for Tiger, or should I go ahead and get Panther now?
Question by:billmercer
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    I'm interested in stability, compatibility, and solid networking.

    Then I would go with Panther. Cutting edge Mac OS releases tend to have a few bugs here and there, while the back end is rock solid. Panther is by far and away the most smooth and clean running of all OS X releases so far; load all the available updates, and it's also the most stable out there. In general, Panther is compatible with pretty much everything in Jaguar (10.2), and most 10.X compatible apps will run fine.

    All of the 10.X series is stable as far as networking, although AppleTalk is a bit clunky. I suspect that won't change with Tiger, as AppleTalk has pretty much been killed by TCP/Rendezvous
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    Thanks for the quick response, I'm taking your advice and going with Panther. I was leaning that way anyway, but you raised a couple of points that helped me make the decision.

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