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MacBytes
Oct 26, 2006, 08:01 AM
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Link: The Legends Of 68K - System 7 Today, advocates of Apple's 'orphan' Mac OS 7.6.1 - Part 1 (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20061026090104)
Description:: Why Mac OS 7.6.1 is far better for 68040 and PowerPC Macs than System 7.5.x.

Check it out at lowendmac.com!

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Lixivial
Oct 26, 2006, 08:35 AM
A nice interview about a great resource on one of my favorite Mac OSes in existence. Kudos, dpaanlka, on the great interview; and kudos, too, on the great website. Looking forward to the rest of the interview.

I don't know why, but there is this inherit bias toward 7.5.x (and I do suspect it's for the reasons you mention -- particularly that it is free). I think it's also partially to do with the fact that 7.6 is surrounded by two "titans." 7.5.x became a de facto standard, because it was around for quite some time and shipped with a great expanse of Macintoshes (did 7.6 ship with any Macintoshes?), while 8.0 was a hyped release that has a much larger perceived jump.

In other words, "Look at how much newer 8.0 looks than my old 7.5.5 -- I'm just going to buy Mac OS 8, why even bother updating 7.5?"

tk421
Oct 26, 2006, 11:08 AM
Tommy: Do you think Apple should offer System 7.1 and 7.6 for free, like they do other older versions of the Mac OS and other versions of System 7?

Dan: I really do wish Apple would release 7.6.1 to the public. I'm not sure they ever will, since 7.5.5 has been free since 1999 or so, but 7.6.1 still isn't free.

Isn't this a free update on this page (http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/)?

edit: It's also listed here (http://www.info.apple.com/support/oldersoftwarelist.html).

Squonk
Oct 26, 2006, 11:22 AM
Isn't this a free update on this page (http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/)?

edit: It's also listed here (http://www.info.apple.com/support/oldersoftwarelist.html).

I'm not 100% positive, but I think this 7.6.1 update will only update 7.6 to 7.6.1. And notice that 7.6 is not listed. Thusly, you must have an original 7.6 installation media and then upgrade to 7.6.1. :)

tk421
Oct 26, 2006, 11:55 AM
I'm not 100% positive, but I think this 7.6.1 update will only update 7.6 to 7.6.1. And notice that 7.6 is not listed. Thusly, you must have an original 7.6 installation media and then upgrade to 7.6.1. :)

Okay. So where would you even get 7.6? eBay?

Squonk
Oct 26, 2006, 12:22 PM
Okay. So where would you even get 7.6? eBay?

Yeah. I just a quick google, and I also found this site:
http://hardcoremac.stores.yahoo.net/

but it's kinda pricey there...

Or maybe call Shreve Systems, I didn't see it on their website, but you never know what they'll have laying around.

Or here is another one:
http://www.gizmos2go.com/xcart/product.php?productid=507

Back to work for me...

wyatt23
Oct 26, 2006, 04:44 PM
really cool article. it's nice to see something from the usual crap mixed with poorly titled cnet articles. niccce.

now where can i find myself an old mac so i can ebay 7.6.1

FF_productions
Oct 26, 2006, 05:47 PM
Um, that's what I get for not reading the thread...ignore

tk421
Oct 26, 2006, 06:16 PM
Yeah. I just a quick google, and I also found this site:
http://hardcoremac.stores.yahoo.net/

but it's kinda pricey there...

Or maybe call Shreve Systems, I didn't see it on their website, but you never know what they'll have laying around.

Or here is another one:
http://www.gizmos2go.com/xcart/product.php?productid=507

Back to work for me...

Thanks!

I remember when my family owned a computer running System 7.1. That seems like such a long time ago. That was our first computer. And later I remember 7.5, but I honestly don't know if I have ever used 7.6.

jhu
Oct 26, 2006, 08:15 PM
meh, i was never too impressed with any apple os before mac os x. for those older powermacs that can't run os x, i'd rather put linux or netbsd on them.

Lixivial
Oct 26, 2006, 08:22 PM
Yeah doing a rundown of the machines you listed in your sig, jhu, that opinion seems most consistent. I'd imagine anything without a CLI would be a non-starter for you. ;) :D

jhu
Oct 26, 2006, 09:34 PM
Yeah doing a rundown of the machines you listed in your sig, jhu, that opinion seems most consistent. I'd imagine anything without a CLI would be a non-starter for you. ;) :D

alright, you got me. perhaps i should be more incognito next time...