Well, Panther is coming October 24th. It should be a good upgrade, but I think I'm going to wait a while before I nab it. It's not cheap ($129) and I don't really need it right now.

My only concern is that my Powerbook, now one and a half years old, is starting to show its age. It runs fast enough, but the usual quirky things that happen to computers are starting to appear more frequently. So, I think I'm going to do a clean install when I do finally get Panther.

This is the part where I ask for your input. Will I have to reinstall all of the programs that came with my Powerbook (GraphicConverter, OmniOutliner, etc.)? That is something that is keeping me from doing a clean install, even though I think my computer could use a fresh start. Then my general question is whether or not any of you have tips or advice on doing a clean install of a Mac operating system. So, give me all your knowledge.