OS9/Classic and Intel Macs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by danny_w, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I haven't been following this, but an article on ZDNET indicates that an Intel Mac will be useless to you if you require OS9 or Classic support. I guess there is good reason that Apple is still selling the PPC versions.

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Gardner/?p=2241
     
  2. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Apple could continue to sell legacy PPC PowerMacs for a little while, but eventually ot does seem to be Apple's way to drop the legacy users. I guess in terms of businesses running a certain set of software, this is a rapid transition. In 2001 we were running OS9 on PPCs.
     
  3. starnox macrumors 6502

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    Who seriously runs classic anymore its been like 4 years. I haven't had to use classic once and I have had my mac for a year.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It has been known for some time. Official Documentation. Whilst that page was updated recently it's been there from version one last year.
     
  5. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Railroad Tycoon 1.0 and this awesome text-based basketball game I have.

    I'm awesome in the basketball game, by the way. Over 27,000 career points. All time leader in blocked shots....
     
  6. castlema macrumors member

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    I would guess there will be classic support for the education market for a while. eMacs that could boot into OS 9 were available for quite a while in the education store because schools tend to keep using programs for years. There are still several teachers I know who still use Apple II's because they use a particular phonics program that was never updated.
     
  7. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    My wife's school had Apple ][s in the physics lab up until about 2003.
     
  8. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Apple does. Much of their documentation is still produced using Adobe Framemaker. Adobe has never released a OS X port. I'd say that is a serious user.
     
  9. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    I weep at the absence of FrameMaker on OSX. Curse you, Adobe.
     
  10. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    As do I. A viable solution for Framemaker is about the only thing holding me back from a MacBook Pro.

    At this stage I see two options (hopes):
    1. maybe, maybe, maybe the rumored altivec and related improvements to Rosetta will allow Classic to run (I know, it's a long shot), or
    2. in August 2005, Adobe hinted at an announcement related to Framemaker and OS X to occur at a Framemaker conference in November 2005. It turned out that they were "not ready" so no announcement was made. Maybe if the Gods are smiling this will end up being related to an intel OS X port of Framemaker.
     
  11. lexfuzo macrumors 6502

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    Any PowerMac you order today will run classic even 10 years from now.
    I am quite happy that innovation proceeds - OS9 has already been outdated for some time :rolleyes:
     
  12. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Except that the drives will not be functional, or at best will have significant error rates.

    In no way was I complaining about innovation or technology updates. Another poster made the assertion that noone seriously uses Classic for anything any more. That assertion was wrong.
     

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