Do you still use OS 9?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MysticCow, Jun 6, 2016.


Do you still use Mac OS 9?

  1. Yes, via booting directly into Mac OS 9

    29 vote(s)
  2. Yes, via the Classic emulation layer in 10.0-10.4

    11 vote(s)
  3. No, sorry, I don't use Mac OS 9

    15 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    I'm being sincere. I'm also being honest when I say that, YES, I still use OS 9 (and natively too, not through Classic).

    I run OS 9 for Word, digital audio editing, Cassilla web browsing (we need an update soon ;) ), and for the occasional worksheet creation software I have that ONLY runs under OS 9.

    PS--I know about Mac OS 9 Lives and am registered there too. :D There's probably a lot of overlap between the two sites, or at least I believe there would be.
  2. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    I love using OS 9 in combination with Office 2001 for distraction free writing on my Power Macintosh G3 Beige (and soon to be my 8500 with a G4 upgrade as well).
  3. bse5150 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2014
    I use OS 9 on my Yikes! I like playing with old software. Especially if it's useful software.
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    No. Last app that used it was abandoned in 2010. Dropped OS9 like a hot rock after that.
  5. MysticCow thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    I forgot to mention WordPerfect 3.5e. It's a strangely powerful word processor.
  6. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    I think I have WordPerfect 4 for Windows, it was nice back in the days of 98/XP before we got a new PC with Windows 7 and Office 2010, never looked back again :p
  7. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    I still use OS 9 for playing "classic" games-I prefer it to classic mode.

    I have a "gaming" Cube set up on my desk with an 800mhz Sonnet, a Geforce 3, and an ADC CRT(17" true flat lifetime calibrated Diamontron, 1600x1200 max) dedicated to it.

    I have a LOT of other computers set up for OS 9 or earlier. In particular, I tend to stick to OS 9 on G3s, and my Kanga(first gen G3 Powerbook) is running 8.6 due to the limited amount of RAM possible.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 6, 2016 ---
    I like WP 3.5e, but actually have found something of an equivalent in modern versions of OS X. I've been using Nisus Writer Pro for the past month. It's actually one of the older Mac WPs and offered features on its introduction that are now considered standard(non-contiguous text selection, multiple fonts in a document, etc). I have the original running in System 6 on my 512Ke, but have the most current version on my MBP. It's an amazingly powerful tool. MS Word can do most of the same stuff, but I find Nisus a lot more intuitive.

    I have a lot of co-workers who still swear by Word Perfect. Since Nisus defaults to .rtf(without stripping document features which MS Word will do in .rtf) I can freely share files with my WP-using colleagues.
  8. MysticCow thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    There's just something oddly good about WP 3.5e. It felt complete to me. Of course, my preferred is Word 2001, but there's something about that WordPerfect that still gets me using it sometimes.
  9. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

    Daniël Oosterhuis

    Jan 10, 2016
    It's thinking...
    On both my Tangerine iMac G3 tray loader and Tangerine iBook Clamshell. I have the iBook Clamshell running with a Yosemite skin. Other wise I would rely on Classic.
  10. ziggy29 macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2014
    I have four Macs that still boot directly into 9 -- a Pismo G4/550, a 1.467GHz G4 Digital Audio, a 1.0 GHz TiBook G4 and my new toy/lab/sandbox machine, an increasingly tricked out 7600 with G3/300 processor and souped up through the PCI cards. All but the latter are running 9.2.2; the "7600" (in quotes since it's barely a 7600 any more) currently dual boots 8.6 and 9.1 but it's still a work in progress to explore what is possible.
  11. Aika macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2006
    I like OS 9 aesthetically but I don't use it unless it's for a task unique to that OS (usually gaming). Things like window management and multi-tasking are a pain in the ass on OS 9 and while I appreciate that Classilla exists, it barely functions on the modern web. That said I appreciate and respect the ongoing efforts to preserve OS 9.
  12. abundantmussel macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2014
    Cork, Ireland
    I use classic on my quicksilver as my mdd has leopard so no classic on that. My Sawtooth ran 9.2.2 until a week ago but has now been upgraded to tiger with classic also.
  13. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    I've never really used OS9 outside of flashing machines for a processor upgrade. Usually use Leopard.
  14. Alex Sanders74 macrumors newbie

    Alex Sanders74

    Nov 26, 2013
    Running OS9 on a Sawtooth 1.4Ghz with PCI card upgrades and Radeon 8500. Mostly a classic gaming machine for all those great titles. Quick computer for its age and had it since new.
  15. oi! Suspended

    Jan 10, 2016
    I use leopard, have done for several years now. I miss 9, I felt at ease with it in a way that I never have with OSX, even Leopard. I've never liked the dock much.

    Is there an OS9 skin for Leopard?
  16. MysticCow thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    There's an Aqua skin for OS 9, but I don't know about the other way around.
  17. mrchinchilla macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2009
    I only remember Platinum/Rhapsody ShapeShifter themes, I don't think there were any for Leopard.
  18. yaxomoxay macrumors 68020


    Mar 3, 2010
    is there any way to run OS9 with a fairly new MBP? (other than virtualbox)
  19. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
  20. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Lead The Way!
    Love using WordPerfect 3.5e, wish I could use it for my assignments for school.
  21. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Eeeevery so often on my iBook G3 clamshell. I basically just futz about in Classilla for a little while. :p
  22. Godzirra macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2010
    Somewhere on Salisbury plain, and Apple, UK
    At least once a day on various machines. Currently replacing an HDD and reloading 9.2.1 onto my PM G4 AGP :D
  23. Dronecatcher, Jun 10, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2016

    Dronecatcher macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Propellerheads Rebirth doesn't work in anything else (in it's purest form anyway) :)
    Same with Connectix PlayStation emulator.

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  24. bobesch macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2015
    Kiel, Germany
    Classic on the Clamshells and TiBook. Good fun.
    Like the style of MS Office2001 more than that of the 2004/2008 versions.
    Everything fast responding and fitting better the low-resolution screens.
    With Classilla email&web is still working (thanks!)
    webDAV, FileSharing, ScreenSharing, VNC too. (With FileSharing also access to anothers Mac Dropbox-folder...)
    And ... it's interesting to discover the different philosophie of how to manage the system.
    Currently the Clamshell with OS9 is nearly fully integrated in my eco-system for casual or use
    or special purpose ... The special purpose maily is to have fun with it :)
  25. swamprock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2015
    I use OS 9 on my Bondi iMac (w/333mhz CPU card) and now, just set it up on my TiBook 667 vga (since I cannot get a usable screen with Debian Jessie; just non-stop blooming). I use it for standard things- gaming and emulators, Office 2001, Recipe Box Classic, calendar, web-surfing and email via Classilla, and some light Photoshop 7 work. The TiBook will probably become my new work system for recipe management (I'm a chef) until I get ahold of that 15ghz 12" PB G4 I'm searching for, since my Blackbook running Ubuntu 16.04 isn't exactly peppy (and it's nearly impossible to install Jessie with the Blackbook's 32-bit EFI). I took out the 60gb SSD drive that was in it and replaced it with the original 100gb drive that came with it when I bought it. I'm saving the SSD for the 12" PB when I get it, which will run Debian Jessie...

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