What are you running on your PowerPC Macs?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by yangchewren, Dec 23, 2012.


Which OS are you running on your PowerPC Mac?

  1. Classic

    18 vote(s)
  2. Mac OSX 10.0-10.3

    9 vote(s)
  3. Mac OSX 10.4

    38 vote(s)
  4. Mac OSX 10.5

    81 vote(s)
  5. Linux - Debian/Ubuntu Derivative

    10 vote(s)
  6. Linux - Redhat Deriavative

    2 vote(s)
  7. Linux - Other

    1 vote(s)
  8. FreeBSD

    4 vote(s)
  1. yangchewren, Dec 23, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2012

    yangchewren macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    Just curious to know the proportion of linux users we have here. I'm also interested if you dual boot or are dependent solely on a single OS for your computing needs.
  2. eyoungren macrumors G5


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    But I also have VPC7, so also Win98, WinXP Pro and Win7 Ultimate. :D
  3. ihuman:D, Dec 23, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2012

    ihuman:D macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2012
    Windows 7 in VPC7!? Tell me more of this miracle!

    I run Leopard on my iMac G4 and Powerbook G4, strangely the iMac G4 feels faster than my PB.
  4. chibiterasu macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2012
    London, The United Kingdom
    Leopard here on the G4 iMac, no chance of moving to linux, I would of brought a intel desktop if I wanted to run linux. Leopard is as beautiful as the design of the iMac.
  5. eyoungren macrumors G5


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    Oh, that was a PITA! But it turned out to be quite simple. There was an old thread here on trying to get Win8 installed, but I couldn't find it to update.

    Apparently, VPC has BIOS. And the BIOS has ACPI Awareness. Of course, it's set to OFF so you can never get Win 7 or Win 8 to install. I haven't tried Win8 yet, but Win 7 installed just fine after changing this setting.

    Look here. It's where I figured this out. There's also a bunch of other info in the comments on getting other stuff to work.

    Note that you have to use the "Delete" key, which is not the same as the backspace key if using an attached keyboard.

    Also, realize that it's SLOOOOOWWWW!!! You can shut off all the eye candy, but it's still slow!
  6. Falstaff macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Leopard in general, though I have Tiger on my powerbooks g4 867 and g3 400 Pismo.

    On my g3 333 lombard I run O/S 9.2 and it flies. With Classilla and a wavelan silver wireless card it does pretty well on the net, though I don't visit many flash heavy sites with it.
  7. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    Tiger on my iBook g3....its probably the best OS for this aging machine
  8. MisterKeeks, Dec 23, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2012

    MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    You can select multiple answers to this poll (I saw you use Classic, and I was the only one who put that down on the poll).
    On my 3 G5s, I use Leopard, but I might move the Dual 1.8 to Tiger. On my iBook and iMac G4, I have Tiger. On the iMac G3s, I'm running OS 9.
  9. chuckiehina macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2007
    Tiger since I very occasionally need to open something up in Classic. BUT I have an external with 10.5 that I use with my iPhone 4S, since the Tiger version of iTunes won't talk to the iPhone.
  10. Hallivand macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Running Leopard on my Quicksilver 933 G4... though if it weren't for iTunes match I'd be on Tiger.

    Struggles even with 1.25GB of ram :(
  11. cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    Let's see if I can remember...

    10.5: G5 Power Mac (dual boots 10.4 for Classic), G5 iMac, G4 PowerBook, G4 Power Mac MDD

    10.4: G3 Pismo, G4 Power Mac GE

    10.3: G3 Clamshell iBook (and dual boots OS 9)

    OS 7: Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh

    OS 6: Macintosh, Macintosh SE

    I know I'm forgetting a few things. Too many Macs. :)

    If it can run 10.5 I put 10.5 on it. I love Leopard. Tiger is also nice. I'm not crazy about OS X before Tiger (just like everyone here). I rarely use the Clamshell, TAM, or OS 6 Macs but I love the look of them and constantly debate whether to sell them or keep them. There's something comforting about having a Fat Mac sitting there.
  12. Falstaff macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Too late now as it wont let me vote again. Teach me to pay closer attention.

    Yeah I love using classic but generaly stick with OS9 ( though I have multiple copies of OS7 on cd and floppy,8,8.5 and even have OS 3 on a floppy somewhere). I have a BW g3 I use as a DAW with OS9. Still lots of commercial music made in OS9...
  13. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    I think the "Classic" option is referring to the Classic Mac OS, and not to running Classic in OS X, as that's running OS X, not Classic. At least, that's what I assumed, as none of my machines run Classic environment :D.
  14. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2012
    El Salvador
  15. Falstaff macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Don't run the classic environment in OSX. Never really liked it. I prefer to have an OS9 only machine on the network (or two in my case). I actually like OS9 and still enjoy working in it.
  16. Hrududu macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2008
    Wichita KS
    Both G5 PowerMacs: Leopard
    PowerBook G4 12": Leopard
    G4 Cube 500MHz: Leopard
    TiBooks: Tiger
    iBook 366 & PowerMac G3 B&W's: Tiger
    iBook Graphite: Panther
    iBook Blueberry 1: Puma
    iBook Blueberry 2: 9.2.2
    PowerBook G3, PowerMac 8600, 6115, Performa 6400 & 450MHz Cube: 9.2.2

    Thats basically how it breaks down. The others I don't remember.
  17. yangchewren thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    Thank you so much for your replies and input into the poll so far!

    I have to say that the post of Windows 7 on VPC definitely caught my eye and tells us of what other interesting possibilities we have with virtualization on our systems.

    I have not mentioned what I use:

    Dual boot Tiger and Lubuntu 12.04

    on my ibook G4 1.2 Ghz.
  18. DarkSel macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2012
    Using 10.5.8 Leopard on my 12" Powerbook G4 (1.5 GHz G4 /w 1.25 GB RAM).

    I'm starting to wonder if the upgrade from Tiger was worth it... it's a bit more choppy, particularly in multitasking. Then again, I've had it for 4 days :D, can't tell for sure.
  19. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Running good ol' 10.4 on my eMac and iBook G4, the two machines I use the most.

    10.3 on an old iMac G3 Rev. C I have lying around.

    9.2 on my clamshell iBook G3.

    I also have a 10.5 partition on my external HDD for my eMac, when I need it for whatever reason. Which is about once a year. :p
  20. yangchewren thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    Ah, that's one vote for a redhat derivative!

    How is YDL and which of your macs do you run it on?
  21. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    OS 9 on the clamshell, Leopard on the Power Mac G5, and Tiger on the iMac G4.
  22. bwt89 macrumors newbie


    Oct 2, 2012
    Lille, France
    I'm using 10.5.8 Leopard on my 20" iMac G5 ALS. Works great :)
  23. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    Since I am no longer using my powerpc macs as my main machines I am currently running Amiga OS 4.1 on all my powerpc machines.
  24. skateny macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2012
    New York, NY
    That's pretty cool, running Amiga DOS. Loved that OS.
  25. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    Is there a place to get VPC for a reasonable price these days?

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