Motley Fool: ‘Apple users taste agony enduring pay-to-play service packs like Jaguar and Panther’

“Since OSX, Apple users have had a taste of mainstream-OS agony, enduring pay-to-play service packs like ‘Jaguar’ and ‘Panther.’ Late last month, they were treated to a critical security flaw, along with the griping that comes from security professionals when the folks at headquarters don’t treat it as seriously as they should. The most severe of the threats was patched only this morning, with little fanfare,” Seth Jayson writes for The Motley Fool.

Full article, mostly concerned with reports that Microsoft has decided that the 20 most common pirate keys would be shut out from Windows XP SP2, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Jaguar and Panther were not “service packs.” They were not “point upgrades” in the most widely-used sense, either. These were major new versions of the Mac OS X opertaing system. Apple’s insistence in using a confusing “point” naming system continues to confuse the easily-confused and those unfamiliar with the Mac OS X operating system. Mac OS X has had five major versions so far: Mac OS X Public Beta, Mac OS X 10.0 “Cheetah,” Mac OS X 10.1 “Puma,” Mac OS X 10.2 “Jaguar,” and currently Mac OS X 10.3 “Panther,” with Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” to be previewed at WWDC on June 28th. These are not “point updates” as anyone who has used them easily understands. Also, overblowing a so-called “critical security flaw” that actually caused little or no damage in the wild is foolish nonsense. And finally, we’re “Mac users,” not “Apple users.” One is a platform and the other is a company. The only “Apple users” we know are Microsoft’s R&D department.


  1. Actually, you are an Apple user. The Mac is but the current Apple computer. There were other Apples before the Mac and there will be others after it, but they will be Apples.

  2. No, they are a Mac user. Just as you’re a Windows or Linux user regardless if you’re on an HP, Dell or Apple computer. The operating system is what people go by when referring to a computer user over and above the manufacturer of the hardware. Besides, whether you’re using an Apple, HP or even a home built built computer, there are components from several companies in the box.

  3. If I try to use a Dell, am I a “Dell User” or a “Windows PC User?”

    I haven’t been an “Apple User” since I ate a Red Delicious last week. Or since I last fired up my Apple IIe in 1980-something. I am a Mac user and, if you’re a Windows user, I am smarter than you.

  4. Okay, this is driving me nuts. Just because it is taking Shlonghorn a very, very long time to be released we should not think that Apple is out of order with all of its “Pay to Play” updates.

    Hmmmm, 1998-Windows 98, Late 1998-Windows 98 Second Edition, 1999-Windows ME, 2000-Windows 2000 Professional & Windows 2000 Server, 2003-Windows XP Home & Windows XP Professional & Windows 2003 Server. I think I see quite a few “Pay to Play” updates in a similar five year time span in the Microsquish world also.

    In a capitalist society we vote with our money, my vote is for Apple!

  5. I’m a proud Apple User. I use an Apple iPod, an Apple iMac and (maybe not so proud here) an Apple Performa. I also use a Dell system at work and a Dell laptop (until the G5 PB’s come out). For those uses, I’m a Dell user (as distinct from an HP user or a Gateway user). Once upon a time, I was an Apple II user. For my cell phone, I’m a Motorola user (I don’t say that I’m a Verizon user unless I’m cursing the service). For my television, I’m a Sony user (I don’t say that I’m a Cablevision user, except, again, when my service goes out).

    The point being, there is plenty to criticize in the referenced article, but attacking a factually correct description of people who use Apple products is petty and serves as fodder for those who say “See, they’re being ridiculous and pigheaded about nomenclature, they must be wrong in their criticism of the article and of the Windows operating system.”

    Also, it seems odd to me that people on this site wouldn’t want to be associated with the Apple hardware, but only the software (which, by the way, is also ultimately Apple branded). I presume Mr. Jobs feels the same way, otherwise why would he be contesting the Beatles’ lawsuit so vigorously – why not just change the company name to “Mac”.

    Finally, to follow this logic all the way through, you should probably refer to yourselves as “Panther users” or “Jaguar users” or “System 9 users” if you really want to make sure people understand that you’re only with Apple because of the operating system, and not the total package.

  6. I don’t understand those moronic year-based releases. They force their own unrealistic release schedules: “Win 97 will be out any month now…whoops, now it’s Win 98!”. I’m surprised Microsoft used “Longhorn” as a codename instead of blatantly calling it “Windows 2005, er 2006…wait, make that 2007…”. Maybe it works for games (Unreal, Madden, etc.), but not for operating systems.

    And it’s a hell of a lot easier to say “Ten-Three-Four” than something like “Windows 98, Second Edition, Service Pack Three”.

  7. The Motley FOOL has been “reporting” on Apple alot as of late, MS must have called and said they were stopping their checks if there wasnt more bad Apple press.

    Lets give em credit, its hard work these days finding bad things to say about Apple, these guys are doing overtime to come up with petty gripes and FUD to get their pay. =P

  8. Perhaps the Motley Fool prefers the M$ approach of selling a subscription service, but not backing it up with OS product releases?? That would be the “pay not to play” or “just pay” approach, to take a Nike spin ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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