Panther will be released on October 24/25 depending on where you live and that I believe is on of the best things to happen this year in the computing industry. This is because it will give the consumer access to a 64-bit operating system with an interface they are more or less familiar with. The advantages of 64-bit chipsets are widely known eg: ability to address terabytes of memory, etc. Why this is good? No doubt the large software players Adobe/macromedia/Steinberg /even Microsoft/etc... have had copies of Panther in some form or another for quite some time in order to develop for it. This is a leg up for apple over the competition in that 64-bit apps will become available on Macs months before they become available on Windows XP 64 for Athlon 64 which is still in beta. This will especially hurt AMD who have had a lot of trouble shifting there next generation chips due to lack of software support. This however will put pressure on Microsoft to finish these projects in order to not fall behind the competition. Apple will no doubt milk this advantage for all its worth in order to gain market share over the competition, Especially in the gaming, digital audio and visual markets who will benefit most of all form a shift to a 64-bit operating system. However it remains to be seen whether or not a 64-bit system will be of any real benefit to the average person whose computer is little more than a glorified Type-writer.