Best OS for iMac G4 / 800

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kirkbross, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. kirkbross macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought an iMac G4 / 800 for my girlfriend and I'm wondering what OS I should install. It has 10.2... should I just leave it alone or try to install Panther or Tiger?
     
  2. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a

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    Wait until Leopard and your machine will run it fine.
     
  3. someguy macrumors 68020

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    My iMac G4 runs Panther (10.3.9) just fine.

    Take into cosideration my machine has 1GB of RAM also.
     
  4. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    Wait for Leopard and try it. It should work fine - better than 10.2, anyway. But if not you can sell it on and get Tiger, which should work well. I use it on my G4 with 512MB of RAM and have no problems.
     
  5. kirkbross thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ...awesome, thanks all...

    Panther or Leopard...hmmm... does that mean I should NOT install Tiger for some reason? I just bought a copy for my dual 867 but I'm going to buy a Clovertown Mac Pro if and when they arrive (in fifty years) so I have a copy of Tiger sitting around...
     
  6. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Tiger will be better than Panther on that hardware. Pretty much the only reason *NOT* to install Tiger over Panther is if you only have 128 MB of RAM. And if you only have 128, I'd heavily recommend getting more memory before doing *ANYTHING* with the OS.

    OS X is the only major OS that gets faster on the same hardware with each new release. (On my G4/500 with 512 MB RAM, Tiger is faster than Panther; Panther is faster than Jaguar; Jaguar is faster than Puma (10.1,) and Puma is faster than Cheetah (10.0.)) But, OS 9 will almost guaranteed be faster than OS X on any hardware that can run OS 9. Of course, OS 9 will be nearly unusable on the web today, due to there only being one currently-maintained web browser (iCab.)

    At this point, I recommend running the latest version of OS X that the hardware supports for everyone that can use OS X. If you have a significant number of OS 9-only apps, then I recommend using 9.2.2.
     
  7. jwp333 macrumors member

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    I have a 700 mhz imac g4 that runs fine on Tiger. Performance went up a little from Panther, definitely not a slow down. I do have 1 gb of memory also, might be a good idea for you too.
     
  8. kirkbross thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ehhhhgselent... thanks.

    Yeah, I'm going to pick up another 256Mb SO-DIMM so it'll have 512MB... maybe more if I can find a 512 cheap enough... any leads on Mac memory sites besides Macsales and Macsolutions?
     
  9. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    No, you have that not quite right You should say "All OSes except those from Microsoft, get faster on the same hardware with each new release." Mac OS X is not alone in this. Solaris, Linux and BSD keep improving too. All of them tend to require more RAM over time
     

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