My copy of Panther arrived at 10:30 am today. I had my backups all ready and I set out on doing a clean install. After about 30 minutes or so I was up and running. Boot time is faster. I really like the new finder and it is faster as well. Expose is very, very cool. Have not tried fast user switching yet. During the install they give a quick tease of it so be on the look out. I set my system preferences the way I want them and I'm all set. I have not looked around to much yet as I have just been surfing the web and listening to some blues with Itunes. So far I think Panther rocks and I'm glad I bought it.
I got it last night-- it arrived here at 3:30 pm, but I wasn't here, so I had to go to the FedEx place to pick it up. So I had it by 6:30, and had it installed by 7:00, and was rocking out by 7:01 (fast boot, you're right). I've immediately become addicted to Exposť, and the new Finder. I am excited about most of the new features, and my boyfriend pretty much wet himself over the new developer tools. Seriously awesome.
Only regret? Wish I hadn't been so eager to pre-order. If I'd thought ahead, some buddies of mine and I could've split the family pack and saved us all some money. :D
Well just installed mine today on my month old PowerBook 17". It's a very polished system. Was a smooth upgrade. Definitely feels faster and more responsive. The implementation of threading in Mail is nice. Expose is amazing (I bet that will become a 'how did I ever live without' feature). Preview is very fast - opened a large PDF and it scrolled effortlessly. Fast user switching is very slick. Quake 3 runs great.
I also installed X11. Now I have to find some cool X11 apps to play with. :)
It did seem to overwrite my httpd.conf... but it backed up the old one. Looks like the same version of Apache and PHP: 1.3.28 and 4.3.2 respectively. Perl's at v5.8.1-RC3.
The new Finder is real nice, and the brushed metal theme doesn't annoy as much as I thought. The Activity Monitor is very cool. Can't wait to try out audio chatting (the Powerbook has a built in mic). Integrated faxing throughout- everywhere you can print you can fax... Optional AES encryption for your home directory... Nice font management... I could go on and on. All in all a great release. I'm very happy.