New to OS 9!

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  1. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, I just got an iBook G3 and it's got OS 9 on it right now but it has no internet program and I'm a little stumped on how to install it as I've never used OS 9 much before. In OS X its .dmg files to install programs, but what is it for OS 9? It looks like Opera is the best browser for OS 9 so that's probably what I'd want to get and I think version 7 was the last one so if anyone could help me out that'd be great! I found some .sit apps but I can't get those to install without stuffit and I downloaded stuffit and only found it for os 9 as a .sit or as a .hqx and that dosen't seem to work either!
    Help!
     
  2. elppa macrumors 68040

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    The OS should come with Netscape Navigator 4.7 (I think) and Internet Explorer 5. Stuffit used to be bundled as well (try a search?). If these aren't there then it sounds like a custom install was done.

    Neither of these give you a very accurate impression of what the internet looks like in 2008.

    You may be able to find Netscape 6, which has a better rendering engine, but is incredibly slow (GUI stuff). Goodness knows what it was written in!

    Opera is a good bet, as is iCab. This is OS X only now (uses WebKit), but their are old version available to download (as a .sit file).

    Apps on OS 9 were distributed using a mixture of compression techniques. Most of them have installers as well.
     
  3. kingcrowing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well theres no netscape and and no IE lol it was from a school I guess and everything was taken off, but how do I install a .sit file?? It says theres no program associated with it when I try and open it in OS 9
     
  4. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    You need Stuffit Expander to open a .sit file.
     
  5. elppa macrumors 68040

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    No it wasn't. Launched in 2002 it was a Mac OS X app only.

    It would actually be impossible anyway, because it is a cocoa app and OS 9 just plain doesn't support the cocoa framework.
     
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    Safari was never released for OS 9; I think the first version was for 10.2.

    You need StuffIt Expander. If you have OS X on the computer then download it from there. If not, then it'll be easiest to reinstall it from the OS 9 CD.

    Failing that, you could download the OS 9 version of Expander on a "working" computer, decompress it, then put the installer on a CD. You can then of course use this CD to install it on your laptop.
     
  7. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Geez, you guys were so quick to correct me you didn't even realize I edited my post!

    ;)
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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    whats the spec of the iBook? if it has 384MB RAM, get a PPC xubuntu. OS classic is way too obsolete.

    (or if you feel like paying, get a 10.3 from ebay.)
     
  9. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    It'd probably run Panther or something pretty well, at that point.
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Not for me. I use it quite regularly. OS 8 and 9.
     
  11. clevin macrumors G3

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    :D:D:D
     
  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No it's not. There's a number of people who use System 7.5 because of its stability and efficiency.

    Besides, if you want to talk about an obsolete OS, come over and talk to my Apple ][e as I play The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
     
  13. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, MacRumors Forum Spy! :D
     
  14. clevin macrumors G3

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    well, I guess I have to right to make statement based on the opinions of overwhelming majority of users rather than tiny minority of opinions:D Mostly, its helpful to OP
     
  15. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Well, it looks like clevin turned me into a hypocrite...

    :eek:
     
  16. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You can install the necessary firmware upgrade in OS9, and buy 10.2 or 10.3 if you have enough ram.
     
  17. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Is 7.5 more stable than 7.6.1?
     
  18. kingcrowing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I downloaded the classic version of stuffit and extracted it on my PC and tossed it on a flashdrive but I can't install it from there...

    I've got Panther on CD and I'm downloading Ubuntu for PPC now so hopefully that'll work, the only issue is my Panther disks are at home and I'm at school, so I'll have to get them another time, I'm just looking to get this going for now!
     
  19. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Not sure Adobe have ever released a flash plugin for PPC Linux distros (like Ubuntu). Not sure how much of a big deal that is for you?
     
  20. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816

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    Mac OS 7.5 still works, but if you only have hardware to run Classic, why would you stick with anything but the latest, (i.e. - Mac OS 9) best Classic? :confused:

    The only reason I can think of is that you have basically never upgraded anything at all since you first bought the machine?
     

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