View Full Version : Which OS Are You Running On Your Mac?

6th January 2004, 12:56 AM
Just wondering what people are running? :ph34r:

6th January 2004, 09:30 AM
On my main Mac, 10.3

But also running 7.5.5 & 8.6 on other mac's

6th January 2004, 09:53 AM
OSX 10.3

7th January 2004, 02:34 AM
We just haven't gotten around to upgrading yet. Not to mention the hole xmas eats in your purse. :)

Soon, though.

7th January 2004, 08:50 AM
iMac 333 (rev D) upgraded to 256MB RAM, soon to have a new hard disk too, once i pull it out of one of the x86 boxes at home. 6GB is getting constraining for this little guy and two OSes. :)

Dual boot OSX 10.3 and YellowDog Linux 3.0.

7th January 2004, 10:33 AM
my PowerMac G3 350 has 10.2.8 on it. Jaguar was free to school teachers / employees mid-year 2003, so i ordered a couple of copies under two teachers' names :)

work is getting some new macs this year, so i'll order 10.3 when they get all that crap. bulk plus the edu discount should make it nice. (although i'm not sure bulk will affect anything).

I have BasilikII on my PC, which is running a version of System 7. Also have OS8.5 on my 6220TV. The Mac Classic is running System 6 i think ^_^
i've also had Rhapsody, Release Candidate 1, running on an x86. fun, but really really pointless.

11th January 2004, 10:52 AM
My iMac is running 10.3.x, and my PowerBook (Due to apple forcing any computer that wants to run 10.3 to have inbuilt USB), is running 10.2.8. My PowerBook would be heaps faster with Panther, I know for certain. But alas.

16th January 2004, 06:47 AM
x.3.2 on my eMac, 9.1 on my 7600 and a 20m x-over cable between them for file sharing (whoops, there's the missus expleting again after tripping over it :o )

17th January 2004, 10:11 AM
10.3 on my g4
9.2 on my g4 (used to run 10.2 headless and act as a gateway)
7.5.5 on my Quadra 605 (which, in about 10 minutes it going to the tip)

19th January 2004, 03:52 PM
On the old imac at work I am running 10.2.x

Runs nice.. apart from the few hardware problems the machine has had since I got it. Think its all solved now, soon find out in a few days time.

As to home, I don't have a mac at home. I do have the plan to buy an emac with superdrive or combo drive in the next 6 months.

I've mainly been a PC fellow, but always liked/used unix type stuff, so I see the mac with os x as being a great machine and thus my reason for wanting one. OS X is the bomb!

19th January 2004, 08:33 PM
Originally posted by iodine@Jan 19 2004, 04:52 PM
On the old imac at work I am running 10.2.x

Runs nice..<snip>
God&#33; Convince the boss its worth the upgrade to Panther, it may be bigger and fatter, but it&#39;s better optimised than X.2.x and by all accounts runs better, even on old iMacs.

20th January 2004, 03:40 PM
Originally posted by stevejay@Jan 19 2004, 08:33 PM
God&#33; Convince the boss its worth the upgrade to Panther, it may be bigger and fatter, but it&#39;s better optimised than X.2.x and by all accounts runs better, even on old iMacs.
I have the software, but we decided not to install since we aren&#39;t supporting much of the new panther on customers machines just yet.

I just ordered my icecube firewire400/usb2 enclosure, and soon to get the 120gb drive for it, so I might bring them both in and plug it upto the mac in question and install panther onto the external drive so that I can have a chance to see the differences without totalling the installed internal drive I did a few weeks back.

22nd January 2004, 02:40 PM
the imac i have sitting here runs mandrake 9.1 PPC.
it used to run OS 9.2, but it wasn&#39;t working when i got the imac, so i installed mandrake.

i haven&#39;t actually used it much though. :blink:

22nd January 2004, 02:44 PM
That sounds interesting&#33; Can you show us a screenshot of that, looktall? Or does it just look identical to the PC version of mandrake?

22nd January 2004, 04:13 PM
IIRC it looks the same as the PC version.
i can&#39;t really post a screen shot of it as it&#39;s not hooked up to my network.
and apart from that, there&#39;s no print screen button on the keyboard, so i don&#39;t know how i&#39;d take one. lol

22nd January 2004, 04:16 PM
That&#39;s cool. I know what the PC version looks like. :)

Asher Tuzza
23rd January 2004, 11:11 AM
i voted other
i have a dozen mac&#39;s.. how do i vote a dozen times?

23rd January 2004, 12:24 PM
Question: where can i get a PPC version of mandrake? I can&#39;t find the link on their site?

23rd January 2004, 12:29 PM
after hunting through several ftp sites, i found it at arachnet.

ftp://redback.arach.net.au/mirrors3/mandr...andrake-9.1PPC/ (ftp://redback.arach.net.au/mirrors3/mandrake/mandrake-9.1PPC/)

arachnet peers through WAIX, so for me, it was a free download.
i don&#39;t know if they peer through PIPE or whatever your IX is.

23rd January 2004, 12:49 PM
Yeah, i&#39;m with internode... but it&#39;s fine, we have a 24gig limit that we&#39;ve used about 15% of. ;)

25th January 2004, 02:18 PM
You can buy it from http://www.everythinglinux.com.au for &#036;22.50, tried it on my Beige G3 & Tibook G4, couldn&#39;t get the modem to work on the Ti but it ran quite well on the Beige, about as fast (slow) as 10.2.

26th January 2004, 11:21 AM
My &#39;best&#39; Mac I use OS 9.1 - not by choice, at it appears the Voodoo 3 I have for video conflicts with any OS X install under XPostfacto (this machine is a 9600/G3-350, 320MB RAM/27GB disk).

I really really want OS X, regardless of how crappy it may run on the above Mac - next step is to buy a PCI PC Radeon 7000 and flash it over - I know this card works fine under OS X.


26th January 2004, 07:21 PM
Hi all&#33;

Just thought I&#39;d drop a few more into the mix:

* Mac System 0.94 on my Mac 128k&#33;

* AppleShare 2.0 on a Mac IIFX (so I can netboot my Apple //&#39;s - and most people thought this was a new feature with OSX Server and iMacs&#33;)

* A/UX 3.1 on a Workgroup Server 80

* Mac/NetBSD on a Quadra 700

* I see someone already mentioned Yellowdog Linux, I have it on my ANS and Wallstreet.

* MkLinux on a PM8500

Kind regards,


Asher Tuzza
26th January 2004, 07:57 PM
i believe i have seen system 0.72 arround some-place before... ;-)

edit: i notice nobody is running debian on their mac&#39;s - i once did without problem if you need help getting a setup let me know...

26th January 2004, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by jmd@Jan 26 2004, 08:21 PM
* A/UX 3.1 on a Workgroup Server 80
is A/UX actually useful?

because, quoting me earlier, i had: "Rhapsody, Release Candidate 1, running on an x86. fun, but really really pointless."

Rhapsody would boot up with a &#39;NIX-like text list of stuff loading etc, then it would load the window manager. colour didn&#39;t seem to work so it was greyscale. i could load the couple of apps it had built in (notepad-esq. wordprocessor, calculator, etc) but that was it. and you&#39;d exit the window manager and it would restart again - like having win3.1 on dos, but as soon as u get in dos it goes back into windows.

anyway, fun to see on an x86... plus they also have (of course) PPC versions.

26th January 2004, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by cmetom@Jan 26 2004, 08:24 PM
is A/UX actually useful?

Sure, but there are some security holes which are difficult to fix now.

It has an optional (add on) Appleshare server, SAMBA (and a heap of other *nix applications) compile on it.

I had it running Apache for my webserver for a while when my ANS was down for maintenance not so long ago.

It also comes with a multi-user version of MacOS 7 as an environment layer and can run most OS7 applications (there are some limitations where hardware calls are made due to the AUX kernel underpinning the GUI).

It is interesting to play with as it really was a forerunner to OSX in concept (even if Apple didn&#39;t realise it at the time).

Kind regards,


26th January 2004, 10:34 PM
7.x on my Performa 400.

OS8.x and Debian PPC on my PowerMac 7220/200.

1st February 2004, 12:57 AM
On my iMac, i run Jag 10.2.8. My 8100 and PB1400 run OS 9.1. The Quadra 700 runs A/UX, which really is pretty cool&#33; The LC475 and LC630 run OS 8.1. The LCIII runs System 7.6.1, the LCII runs System 6.0.8, and the Macintosh runs System 6.0.5 (its been upgraded to 512k of RAM and 2 800k floppies)

1st February 2004, 05:15 AM
I&#39;m running 10.3.0 and have an uptime of 70.5+ days.

I have to say that this is one of the best OSs I&#39;ve ever used and I&#39;ll probably upgrade grandpa&#39;s iMac to this when I next see him. (233/96mb/4gig BondiBlue)

1st February 2004, 08:08 AM
Originally posted by Disko@Jan 6 2004, 12:56 AM
Just wondering what people are running?
A bit of everything&#33;

10.3.2 on an eMac and 10.2.8 on an iMac CRT, which also has 9.2 installed, and Debian PPC Linux 3.0. Most of my quadras are on 7.1, 7.5.3 or 8.1, except those on Debian 68k Linux 3.0 and one on A/UX. There&#39;s a 7100 and 6100 with MkLinux and Debian 3.0, and 8.6 on a 6300. The plus and an LC are the only ones on 6.08. I think.

I really don&#39;t remember any more.

*hides behind a pile of quadras in the corner*



27th May 2004, 01:37 AM
*pinned thread*

12th November 2004, 11:15 AM
10.2.8 - same deal as what cmetom explained ... the free distribution of 10.2 (Jaguar) to school teachers. ;)

Might upgrade my parent&#39;s iMac to 10.3 soon, though. Will probably wait for a new PowerBook purchase for myself, though, so I can get a new OS that way.

12th November 2004, 02:25 PM
10.4 is due out in March. I&#39;d be waiting til then to upgrade 10.2 because:

a) You&#39;ll want 10.4 when it arrives or
B) if you can&#39;t run 10.4 because of hardware compatability, there&#39;ll be hundreds of people selling off their 10.3 copies. :)

12th November 2004, 05:30 PM
March?&#33; - Well, that throws a different light on the situation. I heard first half of 2005 and took that to mean June 29. ;)

However, I desperately want to run Delicious Library and this requires 10.3. At the same time, I thought it would be sensible to install 10.3 on my parent&#39;s iMac b/c I am heading o/s next year for three years and wanted them to have a system that would allow iChat AV if ever they get broadband.

Hmm - decisions ...

12th November 2004, 09:43 PM
Damnit, wheres the option to 10.4&#33;?

20th November 2004, 05:45 PM
PB - 10.3.6
B&W G3 - 10.3.6, Yellow Dog 3, 9.2.2
iBook G3 900 - 10.3.6

I love operating systems (except for one notable one). I find their variations and evolution fascinating.

21st November 2004, 07:52 AM
I was going to install YDL or Debian on two 7600&#39;s I have but for some reason, nothing SCSI seems to be recognised any longer - this on perfect working machines that have been sitting in a corner for a while.

I do have A/UX on a Quadra 610. Awesome system. Serious pity Apple didn&#39;t take the time to port it to PPC, as having System 7 inside UNIX was heaven on a stick.

23rd November 2004, 11:21 AM
I agree, A/UX is awesome. I have it on my Q700. :)

23rd November 2004, 01:48 PM
I use 10.3.6 on my PowerBook, 10.2.0 on my Mum&#39;s iMac (can&#39;t be bothered to download the whopping combo update), 10.2.8 on my Wallstreet, System 7.1 on my LC, System 7.5 on my little Performa whatever it is, System 6 on the old PowerBook 170 and 120, and the Mac Plus and Classic are both in System 6 I think. My Dad&#39;s iMac is on 10.3.5, as is his Clamshell iBook.

23rd November 2004, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by Captain Panz@Nov 20 2004, 05:45 PM
I love operating systems (except for one notable one). I find their variations and evolution fascinating.
Heh, would have to agree with you there. Have only started using Apple computers. Had to use OS 9 at work for a bit last week, it certainly brings back some memories (don&#39;t know where from, possibly from a helping friend get his net up on OS 8, I think in 1999 and mucking around with some old macs at school in 2001). Would certainly love to get my hands on A/UX and a machine that can run it.

Installed Window Maker (X11 window manager with a NeXTstep feel) in Linux and used that for the first time in years. Was one of the main window managers that I used back in 1999 and possibly later (late 2000 and early 2001, I think). Ah, it brings back the memories as well. Can see how the OS X GUI vaguely resembles NeXTstep. Like just the way you get the icons on your screen when you run an app then you can drag it onto your dock, then once it&#39;s in the dock it&#39;ll use that icon when it&#39;s running. Also when you press alt-tab it looks similar to cmd-tab. Is quite a nice window manager anyway (was using blackbox/fluxbox for the last 3.5 years).

But as for OSes that I&#39;m running, well my 12" iBook is running 10.3.6 and my PC runs Debian unstable. Hate to think that there&#39;s an XP laptop in the house which my sister insists on using, but at least it&#39;s out of use at the moment because the dog chewed through the power adapter.

28th November 2004, 01:41 AM
10.3.6 currently.

9th March 2005, 04:15 PM

15th March 2005, 08:40 AM
Was on 10.3.7 before that but was told I needed to update so I could install iWork