“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.