Panther Released Oct. 24; Mac OS X Con Begins Oct. 27. Hmmm....

by Derrick Story

I've been crossing my fingers so long I think they're damaged.

But today the cat is out of the bag, and I no longer have to say, "Don't worry, I have a good feeling Panther will be out by the time the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference starts." Of course, this was part calculated guess and part prayer.

It's a risky proposition designing a conference around an operating system that hasn't been released yet. And that's only the half of it. The team of O'Reilly and Macworld Magazine will have another announcement very soon -- based on guess what.

So without getting in too much trouble because I'm not sure what my NDA status is at the moment, let me say this...

Panther will released on Oct. 24.

Mac OS X Conference begins Oct. 27.

Do the math.

And just one more thought. A lot of guys who will be teaching sessions, walking around in the hallways, hanging out in the wireless lounge, and grabbing the occasional beer in the bar, have been working with each build of Panther for the last several months and know a lot about this operating system. Some of them might even have books approaching press time.

You can register for the Mac OS X Conference here. And all of you early birders who had the foresight to grab big savings before the G5 cluster session and Panther was announced... good job!