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farmermac
Sep 25, 2010, 05:20 PM
I am having a hard time finding older versions of OS X. Specifically, Cheetah (10.0). I have an old ibook G3 and would like to try it and see wether it'll run a little better then with OS 9.

Any tips? Willing to pay for a legal license of course but would prefer not to have to wait and go through Ebay.



Intell
Sep 25, 2010, 05:23 PM
10.0, 10.1, and 10.2 all run very, very slowly. I'd suggest 10.3, it the fastest for G3 computers.

Hrududu
Sep 27, 2010, 10:43 AM
I can tell you right now Mac OS 9 is going to run better. I may be off here, but as I recall it wasn't until 10.2 that OS X was the default OS on new computers from Apple. They came with both OS 9 and X and 9 was actually the default boot OS. In other words, early versions of OS X were not very good, and actually lost some functionality from OS 9. Not to mention application support for such old versions of X isn't going to be much better than it will be for OS 9 at this point, I would really suggest staying away from it unless you go up to 10.3 or better.

mr.steevo
Sep 27, 2010, 11:02 AM
I had reasonable performance with 10.3 (Panther) on a first generation iBook. It was certainly more usable than OS9 was. No video though.

10.2 was dog slow. Terrible on the iBook.

rdowns
Sep 27, 2010, 11:04 AM
10.0 sucked. It was about as good as Windows ME.

MacHamster68
Sep 27, 2010, 01:53 PM
10.0 sucked. It was about as good as Windows ME.

it was still better then windows Me
but really really slow in comparison with OS9

InfoSecmgr
Sep 27, 2010, 06:46 PM
I am having a hard time finding older versions of OS X. Specifically, Cheetah (10.0). I have an old ibook G3 and would like to try it and see wether it'll run a little better then with OS 9.

Any tips? Willing to pay for a legal license of course but would prefer not to have to wait and go through Ebay.

http://hardcoremac.stores.yahoo.net/macosx10ret.html

Intell
Sep 27, 2010, 06:48 PM
$170, that's a lot for a very old, very unusable, slightly unstable, operating system.

InfoSecmgr
Sep 27, 2010, 06:51 PM
$170, that's a lot for a very old, very unusable, slightly unstable, operating system.

True, I'm surprised how much it is going for. I suppose it has to do with being a "collectors item". It is interesting to fire it up on my B&W G3 every now and then.

raysfan81
Sep 27, 2010, 07:18 PM
Here you go sir, mad cheap!

http://www.retrosoftware.com/buy-new-used-and-old-version-apple-software--apple-mac-os.html

InfoSecmgr
Sep 27, 2010, 08:01 PM
Here you go sir, mad cheap!

http://www.retrosoftware.com/buy-new-used-and-old-version-apple-software--apple-mac-os.html

Wow, good find!

raysfan81
Sep 27, 2010, 08:25 PM
Wow, good find!

Haha thanks. I came across that by accident a while back. They have some pretty good prices on there.

mr.steevo
Sep 28, 2010, 09:31 AM
If you want to get really old school Apple has System 6 and 7 available for free download.

http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/Older_System/

jaydentaku
Sep 28, 2010, 09:48 AM
blimey, 79 dollars. I have 10.3 in a box staring at me right now doing bot all.

and 10.4 it would seem!