Mac OS 8 Emulator Available as a Downloadable App

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Mac OS 8 is now available as an app for macOS, Windows, and Linux, reports The Verge.



Slack developer Felix Rieseberg has transformed Mac OS 8 into a single downloadable app for modern macOS, Windows, and Linux devices. Having previously transformed Windows 95 into an app in 2018, Rieseberg turned his attention to transforming an entire 1991 Macintosh Quadra with Mac OS 8.1 into a single Electron app.

The app, titled "macintosh.js," is written entirely in JavaScript, and uses a virtual machine to emulate a Macintosh Quadra 900 with a Motorola CPU that Apple used before its transition to IBM's PowerPC architecture. The project has not been approved by Apple and is provided for educational purposes only.

The macintosh.js app includes a number of apps and games from a 1997 MacWorld demo CD, and includes Photoshop 3, Premiere 4, Illustrator 5.5, StuffIt Expander, and Apple’s Web Page Construction Kit. The app can also run classic games such as Duke Nukem 3D, Civilization II, Dungeons & Dragons, Namely, Oregon Trail, Alley 19 Bowling, and Damage Incorporated. Although Internet Explorer and Netscape are preinstalled, Rieseberg says the versions are so old that "you wouldn't be able to open even Google."

Originally released in 1997, Mac OS 8 represented a significant overhaul of classic Mac OS software, and integrated many of the technologies developed for Apple's cancelled Copland OS. Mired by delays, missed deadlines, and dysfunctional management, Copland was never commercially released and is regarded as one of the biggest IT project failures in history. Mac OS 8 was the remnant of Copland OS, and is credited with helping to modernize Mac OS while Apple developed Mac OS X.

Hobbyists have set about making classic versions of macOS available on modern devices in the past, such as the Internet Archive's collection of classic Macintosh software that can be emulated in a browser.

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Aston441

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wow

I think i still have everything saved off my old PowerBook 165...

Wonder if I can get it up and running again.

I turned off off for the last time about 1999.

America was so much nicer then. Wonderful beyond what those who never experienced it can imagine.

Before the shift.
 

rishey

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That's amazing. Any way I can run the talking moose on that thing? I'd pay money for that.
 
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Aston441

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You mean I can use Word Perfect again?!! - woowee :) Just need to figure out how to hammer in my old floppy discs.

word-perfect on Amiga was crazy fast to produce text, and the keyboard has never been equaled

i never thought looking 30 years into the future... that WYSIWYG and modern keyboards could possibly be across the board universally awful


after i read Atlas Shrugged though, i began to worry that this might happen

and here we are 🙁
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word-perfect on Amiga was crazy fast to produce text, and the keyboard has never been equaled

i never thought looking 30 years into the future... that WYSIWYG and modern keyboards could possibly be across the board universally awful


after i read Atlas Shrugged though, i began to worry that this might happen

and here we are 🙁
... and back then i thought Bluetooth would actually work correctly by now 😂
 

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The Oregon Trail was the game back then, played it for hours at the public library...
I watched one of old Jeopardy's the other week, and the answer was "this trail was followed by Wagoneers headed west in the mid 19th century" or something. My wife was like "thats so obvious, how could anyone get that wrong" and I had to remind her, this show was from 1990. They were still calling Hamburg part of West Germany. Millions of kids our age had not spent Months playing the little game called Oregon Trail, and was as engrained in our history.
 

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Oids, Alien Arcade, 3 in Three, Mac 512 Golf, Oregon Trail, Where is Carmen Santiago, Marathon, F16, Prince of Persia, 3D Pinball, Decent, and so on.
Some are available in iOS like myst, out of this world, marathon
 
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the 12th Doctor

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I played Oregon Trial on Apple II I think in like 1988. I would love to play that again. The only color was green, but it was great!
 

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I still have a USB floppy drive, I'll have to plug it in and see what I have. For the 400K floppies I'll have to fire up my old performa and convert those to 800K disks. We still have some working 512 units too.
 

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Warning, this will heat up your MacBook Pro’s like crazy and the fans stay on even in sleep. You’ll have to reset PRAM and SMC if it happens to you.
 
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