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Which OS is Your Main/Favorite One?


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AmazingHenry

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NOTE: 2021 overhaul updates and remarks supersede the original WikiPost. Several details have changed. Props to @AmazingHenry for setting up this WikiPost.

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For future reference, I thought it would be a good idea to have a list of all of the operating systems that we can put on our PowerPC Macs. This is a WikiPost, so add what you know of to the list below, along with the URL. Thanks! — @AmazingHenry

With the addition to links to OS builds, please mind how many of these links are maintained externally and are not associated with MacRumors or their forums.



INTERACTIVE TABLE: ALL PowerPC-BASED OSes [external link]
Don’t see a PPC-based OS listed below on this WikiPost?

Have a look through this table for other PPC-based OSes and download links.
[NOTE: above link set to “latest released”, “32- or 64-bit ‘big endian’” (i.e., what all PPC Macs are), and are in some way “supported” and “downloadable”.]





MAC OS

Mac OS 7 (System 7)
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: [7.1.2] PPC601
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS 7.1.2 for Power Macintosh
Mac OS 7.5 [7.5.1] [7.5.2] [7.5.5]
Mac OS 7.6
[note: several machine-specific and localized variations accessible on Macintosh Garden and Archive.org.]

Mac OS 8
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: Mac OS 8.6 findings and ramblings
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: PPC 601, PPC603e, PPC604, G3 (PPC750), or early G4 (PPC7400)
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS 8 (plus 8.1)
Mac OS 8.5 (plus 8.6)
[note: several machine-specific and localized variations accessible on Macintosh Garden and Archive.org.]

Mac OS 9
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The OS 9 Thread
EXTERNAL FORUM DISCUSSION: Mac OS 9 Lives! (booting OS 9 on unsupported, post-OS 9-era PPC Macs)
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: PPC 601/603e/604, PPC G3 or PPC G4 (Classic Mode only for later G4s and G5s running Tiger)
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS 9 [9.1] [9.2.1] [9.2.2] [9.2.2 OS 9 Lives!] [9.0–9.2.2 uploads (alternate)]
[note: several machine-specific and localized variations accessible on Macintosh Garden and Archive.org.]




MAC OS X

Mac OS X SERVER 1.0 RHAPSODY
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The Rhapsody Thread
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS X Server 1.x [DR1 & DR2]

Mac OS X 10.0b KODIAK (OS X PUBLIC BETA)
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The Kodiak Thread
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS X 10.0 Public Beta [10.0 DP (pre-public beta)]

Mac OS X 10.0 CHEETAH
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The Cheetah Thread
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS X 10.0 [10.0 Server]

Mac OS X 10.1 PUMA
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The Puma Thread
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS X 10.1 [10.1 Server]

Mac OS X 10.2 JAGUAR
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The Jaguar Thread
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS X 10.2 [10.2 Server]

Mac OS X 10.3 PANTHER
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The Panther Thread
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS X 10.3 [10.3 Server]

Mac OS X 10.4 TIGER
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The Tiger Thread
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: [10.4.0+] PPC G3, 256MB RAM
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS X 10.4 [10.4.0 retail] [G3 CD version] [10.4 Server] [10.4 DP beta 8A162]

Mac OS X 10.5 LEOPARD
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The Leopard Thread
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: G4/867MHz, 512MB RAM
BUILDS [external links]
Mac OS X 10.5 retail [single-layer DVD install version] [10.5 Server] [10.5 beta 9A421]

Mac OS X 10.6 SNOW LEOPARD (Unsupported PPC BETA)
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: Snow Leopard on Unsupported PowerPC Machines
BUILDS [external links]
[10A96 Server] [10A96 Client] [10A190] [10A190 (alternate link)]



POSIX

GNU/Linux
MR FORUM GENERAL DISCUSSION: PowerPC Linux in 2020


LUBUNTU REMIX
Lubuntu Remix 16.04 ISO]
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: Lubuntu 16.04 Remix (Updated)


VOID LINUX
PROJECT SITE
MR FORUM DISCUSSIONS: [The Void Linux Wiki] [Void Linux for PPC]


DEBIAN
PROJECT SITE
10.0 PPC32] [10.0 PPC64]
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The PPC Debian Wiki


DEBIAN Sid
MR FORUM DISCUSSIONS: [Debian Sid Remix (ppc32/ppc64)] [Debian Sid Installation Guide (PowerPC)]


MINT PPC
PROJECT SITE
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: Mint PPC project


OpenSUSE
PROJECT SITE
[Tumbleweed PPC64]
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: OpenSUSE Tumbleweed






MorphOS

PROJECT SITE
[MorphOS 3.15 (trial version)]
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: The MorphOS Thread
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Selected high-end PPC G4 and non-PCIe G5 models




BeOS/HAIKU

PROJECT SITE
[Preview Release 2] [4.5]
MR FORUM DISCUSSION: Haiku OS for PowerPC
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Select PPC603e and PPC604 Macs





NOTE: This is a WikiPost. If you can think of any OS info for PowerPC Macs, please add them.
 
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bunnspecial

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OS/2 Warp PowerPC edition (only ran on certain IBM systems and thunkpad laptops)

Windows NT 3.5 is the same way-it will only run on the PPC IBM desktops and Thinkpads

NT 3.5 supported a LOT of architectures, but seemingly didn't support the most common/popular computers made in those architectures. It will run on a MIPS processor, for example, but not Silicon Graphics.
 
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Maybe a moderator could make this thread a sticky? It contains some fairly useful information for PowerPC Mac users and I'm willing to keep it up to date.
 
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So out of those (aside from OSX) which builds are your favorite and why?

Speed?
Features?
Ease of setup/use?
 
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Mine are all running MorphOS as default, OSX is installed on some (but never gets used) Mint/Debian had a short live on the PMacG4 when it still had the 2x1.8 Sonnet installed (only to benchmark it against a P6T).
 
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AmazingHenry

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Mine are all running MorphOS as default, OSX is installed on some (but never gets used) Mint/Debian had a short live on the PMacG4 when it still had the 2x1.8 Sonnet installed (only to benchmark it against a P6T).
I liked MorphOS but I couldn't find a web browser for it. If I could find one I would consider using it on some of my Macs. Did you find a web browser? Thanks.
 
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Mine are all running MorphOS as default, OSX is installed on some (but never gets used) Mint/Debian had a short live on the PMacG4 when it still had the 2x1.8 Sonnet installed (only to benchmark it against a P6T).

How much does a MorphOS license cost?
 
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AmazingHenry

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I'm about to add a poll asking which one you use. It'll have to be a bit shortened because there's a limit on how many responses you can have on a poll.
[doublepost=1480638743][/doublepost]Also, I'll let you select either 1 or 2 different operating systems, as you may use 2 of them.
 
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redheeler

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Voted for Mac OS, because as of now I haven't tried any alternative operating systems on PowerPC Macs. After getting through the hassle of trying Linux on my 2006 iMac, I'd like to make Tiger and Leopard as usable as possible. But a Linux installation is still in the long-term plan for my G5 Quad.
 
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crewkid89

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Totally worth it IMO. I doubt MorphOS will ever make it into the mainstream, but it's a great operating system for Power PC Macs.
In what ways is it worth it? I didn't get a lot of info from the website. What does it do that Mac OS X or *NIX type operating systems don't do.
 
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