Panther review

I installed OS X 10.3 ("Panther") last night. Some first impressions:

General

Expose is pretty neat, but I don't care for the brushed metal style windows. Employees don't get the regular retail box for some reason and the discs they were given were missing disc four, so I haven't been able to check out Xcode yet; gcc isn't even installed at the moment.

Security

FileVault, which encrypts/decrypts your home directory on-the-fly, is a great idea, especially for a laptop. The only problem is that logging in via SSH doesn't decrypt it. Lame. I'm also happy that Apple finally realized that laptops should automatically lock when put to sleep.

Networking

In theory, Panther includes built-in SMB network browsing, which was sorely needed. In practice, it's buggy as hell and I still have to mount shares individually the old way if I want it to actually work. Hopefully this will be fixed, because having to jump through hoops to mount each share separately is a major hassle if you need use them a lot. I could write a whole huge rant about the problems I've had with SMB in the past 24 hours but I'm not going to because even thinking about it pisses me off.

Anyway, I don't mean to complain too much, overall it's pretty nice and I do like it, but I'm forced to think about its problems like that SMB thing more than I am its good points right now.

Off to the Apple support forums to see if there's a way to make this work.