I wouldn't count on getting a free update to Panther. And it is still at least a couple of months away as Apple will be demonstrating it at WWDC, and will begin the process of bringing their developers up to date before they actually release the beta versions.
But then, on a machine as pricey as the 17" PowerBook (good value, yes, but still pricey) the cost of an operating system update which you may or may not want to do is negligible.
- iMac G5 1.8GHZ 17" | SuperDrive | 160GB | 512MB | Airport Extreme | Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse | Wacom Intuos II
- Pentax *ist DL - JVC MiniDV Camcorder - Airport Express - iPod Nano 1gb white