Problem finding early versions of OS X (10.0)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by farmermac, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  2. macrumors P6


    10.0, 10.1, and 10.2 all run very, very slowly. I'd suggest 10.3, it the fastest for G3 computers.
  3. macrumors 68000


    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.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  5. macrumors Penryn


    10.0 sucked. It was about as good as Windows ME.
  6. macrumors 68040


    it was still better then windows Me
    but really really slow in comparison with OS9
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  8. macrumors P6


    $170, that's a lot for a very old, very unusable, slightly unstable, operating system.
  9. Guest


    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.
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    Haha thanks. I came across that by accident a while back. They have some pretty good prices on there.
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    blimey, 79 dollars. I have 10.3 in a box staring at me right now doing bot all.

    and 10.4 it would seem!

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