Google Hangouts, Instant messaging on a PPC mac?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Appleuser201, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. Appleuser201 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I am new to the forums and am thinking of buying an eMac G4 1.25ghz (with tiger installed) and an iMac G3 400mhz also with tiger installed from the same craigslist seller, $50 for both. Would I be able to use Google hangouts and gmail on them (using the TenFourFox browser)? Would messages even send? Could anyone owning a machine with similar specs try it out? I rely on basic messaging and I don't care if it's slow I am sick of intel, windows, and modern intel macs meaning I will be heavily relying on the eMac for basic internet tasks. I appreciate the help!
     
  2. amagichnich macrumors 6502

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    I've never tried hangouts but Gmail works just fine. You might want to use the simple HTML view
     
  3. bobesch macrumors 65816

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    The eMac will run Leopard with TenFourFox/TFFBox and LeopardWebkit for browsing and the native email-Client is capable of getting access to Gmail and iCloud IMAP-Mail.
    The iMacG4 runs nice both with os9 or Panther/Tiger plus Classic, but you'll have to max out RAM. You may both use TFF with Tiger or Classilla in the Classic-environment ont Tiger/Panther/Jaguar.
    Classilla will manage IMAP-email.
    Look here for more informations:

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/os-9-software.2147612/

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/the-g3-workstation-wiki.2125444/#post-26200641

    50$ for both the eMacG4 and the iMacG3 is a great price and makes it a no-brainer!
    Have fun!
     
  4. miksat macrumors member

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    iChat connects to Hangouts just fine. Although you won't obviously be able to video call
     
  5. dbdjre0143 macrumors 6502

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    Clicked this thread to say exactly that. :) Only caveat I had when I set my PB up to use iChat with GMail chat is that I had to change some setting to allow "insecure clients" or something along that line on my GMail account.
     
  6. wicknix macrumors 6502

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  7. Appleuser201 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How would Hangouts work on iChat? Hangouts didn't exist until 2013 and I'm running 10.4.11 tiger, last updated in 2007.
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    I could upgrade the eMac to leopard, but hangouts didn't exist until 2013, leopard was last updated in 2009, so why would an app exist for an old os?
     
  8. amagichnich macrumors 6502

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    Because basically it is Gmail Chat, which is well supported in iChat

    Have you read the thread? These aren't "apps" in common meaning
     
  9. Appleuser201 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    gmail chat is actually different from hangouts, and no longer exists. before hangouts, there was gchat and when hangouts was introduced, google still kept gchat around until around 2017. I know how to get hangouts running on the eMac now, and if iChat does support the new hangouts, then it will also work on the older g3.
     
  10. wicknix macrumors 6502

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    I built the hangouts.app this year. As mentioned it isn't a "traditional" or official app. Rather it is aWebKit wrapper in a convenient standalone package.
     
  11. miksat macrumors member

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    I'm 100% sure that hangouts uses google talk servers to send messages.
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