As anticipated yesterday, Apple has released Mac OS X 10.3.9 via the Software Update utility. Version 10.3.9 “delivers overall improved compatibility and reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 Panther and is recommended for all users,” according to the company. Improvements include: file sharing and directory services reliability for mixed Mac and PC networks; Mail, Safari and Stickies application reliability; compatibility for third party applications and devices; and previous standalone security updates.