Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

Mac OS X 10.3 Panther was released on October 24, 2003 and was last updated on April 15, 2005, when the 10.3.9 update was released.

Mac OS X 10.3 Jaguar discNew features include Fast User Switching (you no longer have to log out so another user can log in), Expos√©, FileVault (use at your own risk), and iChat AV, which added voice and video conferencing to the Mac’s messaging client. TextEdit was updated to support Microsoft Word documents.

Minimum hardware requirements are a 233 MHz G3, a built-in USB port (requires “New World” ROMs), 1.5 GB of available hard drive space, and 128 MB of RAM, although more is recommended. 256 MB is better, and 512 MB better yet.

Panther was the first version of OS X to drop support for some of the oldest Macs that had been supported through 10.2.x. Still, it was a short list: WallStreet PowerBooks and the Beige Power Mac G3. In reality, Panther can run on these systems, although Apple’s installer doesn’t permit it. XPostFacto runs under Mac OS 9 and works around those limitations – version 4 supports OS X 10.2 through 10.4 on many unsupported Macs.

This is the oldest version of OS X that still has a few relatively up-to-date browsers to choose from, although recent browsers such as Camino 2 and Firefox 3 are not compatible with it. Opera 9.6 and iCab 4.6 are the last versions compatible with Panther.

Panther improved performance in almost every area, especially graphics.

Panther Links

Recommended Software

These are generally the latest version of these programs that run on Panther. Some may require Mac OS X 10.3.8, the final version of Panther. Programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Browsers

Browsers are listed by how up-to-date they are. We strongly recommend Opera 9.6.x (the only browser for Panther still being updated), Firefox 2.0.0.20, and Camino 1.0.6. Keep Internet Explorer handy just in case you find a site that requires it.

  • Opera 9.6.4 – current version (June 2009), most up-to-date browser for Panther, Opera 10 alpha not compatible with Panther
  • iCab 4.6 (June 2009) – shareware, Universal Binary
  • Camino 1.6.8 (June 2009)
  • Firefox 2.0.0.20 (Dec. 2008)
  • Safari 1.3.2 (Jan. 2006) – installed using Software Update, update using Software Update, quite outdated
  • Internet Explorer 5.2.2 (Sept. 2002) – IE 5.2 last shipped with Mac OS X 10.2, update using Software Update, most outdated browser for Panther

Misc. Software

  • Kompozer 0.7.10 – WYSIWYG HTML editor, based on Netscape Composer, version 0.8 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later

System Preferences

  • uControl 1.3.5 – keyboard remapper, useful for swapping the Command and Option keys when using a Windows keyboard, as they are reversed from what Mac users are used to

Mac OS X v10.3 Panther Updates

Delta Updates

Update Description
10.3.1 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.1
10.3.2 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.3.1 to Mac OS X 10.3.2
10.3.3 Updates Mac OS X 10.3.2 to Mac OS X 10.3.3
10.3.4 Updates Mac OS X 10.3.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.4 [1]
10.3.5 Updates Mac OS X 10.3.4 to Mac OS X 10.3.5
10.3.6 Updates Mac OS X 10.3.5 to Mac OS X 10.3.6
10.3.7 Updates Mac OS X 10.3.6 to Mac OS X 10.3.7
10.3.8 Updates Mac OS X 10.3.7 to Mac OS X 10.3.8
10.3.9 Updates Mac OS X 10.3.8 to Mac OS X 10.3.9

Combo Updates

Update Description
10.3.3 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.3
10.3.4 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.4 [1]
10.3.5 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.5
10.3.6 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.6
10.3.7 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.7
10.3.8 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.8
10.3.9 Updates Mac OS X 10.3 to Mac OS X 10.3.9

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