- Nov 13, 2018
I'm genuinely curious whether or not anyone here uses a PowerPC Mac as their daily driver, and if so, what machine and OS do you use?
What makes or breaks usability for you? The lack of raw speed, or the software limitations?I don’t. DD duties fall to a macpro1,1 & Alu 08 unibody MB running Elcap.
I’m on & off a few powerpcs through the week but DD duties fall to the above machines at this point. I’ve gotten the hankering to pull out my dual1ghz quicksilver running Leopard tho which I think I will do when I build new desks this summer sometime.
Both really. With my Elcap & Sierra machines, there’s a whole level of app/cloud synchronicity that occurs between my iPhone, iPads, iMessage/texts, iTunes etc. that’s non existent with my ppc machines.What makes or breaks usability for you? The lack of RAW speed, or the software limitations?
Can't blame you there. Running a miniature nuclear reactor on a daily basis would hurt my wallet as well.. As for your 12" PB escapade, that is pretty neat. The small form factor of those machines makes them so much more bearable to use. The only thing holding me back from using my 800 MHz 12 " ibook G3 as a daily laptop, is the fact that I can't seem to find a torrent client that supports magnet links. Browsing the web is nearly tolerable with TFF since @eyoungren and @z970mp convinced me to ditch NoScript for UmatrixI didn't switch for lack of functionality more wanting to cut my electricty bill!
Good idea. I'll replace the default prefs.js with the one from my TFF installation. What version of TFF is Iceweasel forked from?
I've considered shelling out for a new battery for my 15" DLSD, but I'm more interested in seeing whether or not I can just replace the cells in the battery packs I own. I've seen a youtube video by the 8-bit guy, (formerly ibook-guy)where he replaced the cells in a clamshell battery, and it seemed to work fine.Yes.
I'm currently on a 15" PowerBook DLSD, maxed out RAM and with an SSD, and I use it almost all of the time along with my Pismo G4 (upgrade courtesy of @LightBulbFun ).
There's nothing much I can't do, so I only use my MacBook Pro for iPhone backups and Messages, and any heavy video conversions.
Actually I'm waiting on a 2nd DLSD as a spare, and I've just bargained a brand new in the box genuine Apple battery for the PowerBooks (£20). It was still in the wrapper since 2004, flat of course, but it charged up fine
Edit:- Forgot to mention, PowerBook DLSD on Leopard; Pismo on Tiger
Okay, I replaced the default Iceweasel prefs.js file with the one from my TFF installation, and it does seem to be a fair bit quicker. The most noticeable thing, is the fact that it is using significantly less RAM, than TFF does, which is nice, because I'm swapping less to the HDD now. (It usually creates a ton of heat on the left palm rest where the drive is located).
I've found that a neat little, often unknown trick is to full-screen TFF from its hamburger menu or with Cmd + Shft + F. When it hides the navigational bars, and stops rendering entirely the rest of the OS X desktop in the background, browsing hits faster speeds, often more immediately noticeable on notebooks.
I, for one, would definitely be interested in a dual boot guide.As to the topic, yes. Maxxed out 15" DLSD, and DC 2GHz G5.
It makes the job quite a bit easier when you're quad-booting on your desktop between Tiger, Leopard, Ubuntu 16.04, and Debian 10, so you get as little compatibility issue as possible (did I mention there's a Windows VM on Tiger?) DLSD is currently dual-booting with Leopard and Debian 10.
I ought to add a dual-boot guide to the Wiki, if anyone would find use in one?
PowerMac G5 Quad. 16GB Ram, 2TB HD with 4TB secondary drive. Leopard 10.5.8I'm genuinely curious whether or not anyone here uses a PowerPC Mac as their daily driver, and if so, what machine and OS do you use?
I bet that quad still holds up pretty well. I don't imagine it's more than 25-30 percent off of an Intel q6600, performance wise.PowerMac G5 Quad. 16GB Ram, 2TB HD with 4TB secondary drive. Leopard 10.5.8
PowerMac G3 (as my server). 1GB Ram, 150GB HD, 2TB RAID vida eSATA to PCI SATA card, 1TB HD in dock via eSATA. Handles daily backups made by 4 Macs and TM backups. Tiger 10.4.11 Server.
*Note, the only increase I have ever seen for G5's hitting my bill has been $25 a month. That's with my Quad and 2.3DC on 24/7, both at full power (no sleep).
I live in Phoenix, so it's my AC that hits my electric bill - not my G5s.
It does fairly well. I've got some niggling problems but mainly due to aging components and peripherals, not the Mac itself.I bet that quad still holds up pretty well. I don't imagine it's more than 25-30 percent off of an Intel q6600, performance wise.
It doesn’t stack up badly against the old Core Quads or similar era Xeons, the problem is that they don’t stack up well to modern CPUs either.I bet that quad still holds up pretty well. I don't imagine it's more than 25-30 percent off of an Intel q6600, performance wise.
No, my DD is an early 2008 15" MBPro A1260 (silver keyboard) with OSX 10.11, 6GB RAM, USB 3.0-PCExpressCard and a 1TB SSD. Came at 100 bucks (but not maxed out as above).I'm genuinely curious whether or not anyone here uses a PowerPC Mac as their daily driver, and if so, what machine and OS do you use?
Therein lies the difference.It doesn’t stack up badly against the old Core Quads or similar era Xeons, the problem is that they don’t stack up well to modern CPUs either.
Don’t get me wrong, I mean I have <500Mhz PPC kit still doing useful work, but if you actually need to get stuff done quickly choosing any decade+ old kit is a non-starter.
For the ~200 odd Watts a G5 draws doing not much at all you can get 32+ cores of modern CPU, AND each of those cores will be a lot quicker.
I love my G5 though :-(