[NTLK] [OT] Mac OS question

David M. Ensteness denstene at mac.com
Sun Jul 11 00:39:35 EDT 2010

Beige G3 or Yosemite (Blue & White) G3? Just out of curiosity, the Yosemite G3s were substantially faster. All of them support some version of Mac OS X, none of them support anything current:

Beige G3 – 233, 266, 300, 333MHz CPUs, max RAM 768MB
Mac OS X Public Beta
Mac OS X v.10.0
Mac OS X v.10.1
Mac OS X v.10.2 <–– comfortably runs but not at all fast (dramatic improvement if an aftermarket video card is used instead of the onboard)

Yosemite G3 – 300, 350, 400, 450MHz CPUs, max RAM 1GB
Mac OS X Public Beta
Mac OS X v.10.0
Mac OS X v.10.1
Mac OS X v.10.2
Mac OS X v.10.3 <–– comfortably runs
Mac OS X v.10.4 <–– first version that does not run faster than previous versions of the OS on the same HW, notable speed drop, higher RAM requirement

Considering how subjective speed is on such things I will leave you to make up your own opinion. I’ll tell you that Classic Mac OS (System 7 through Mac OS 9.2.2) will seem *dramatically* more responsive and “snappy” but Mac OS X was infinitely more stable and thus for many far more productive.


On Jul 10, 2010, at 10:53 PM, Matt Howe wrote:

> Being mainly a Windows guy, I don't know much about Macs. But I like to
> expand my knowledge. I have a Mac G3 that I put into an IBM case making it a
> "IBMac" or a "Macenstein" but I digress. It is set up with Mac OS 9.2 and I
> was using it for some Newton Development with NTK. But I am no longer doing
> that so I am wondering, should I upgrade it to OSX? Will a G3 function
> acceptably with OSX? Or does it not have enough horse power?
> Matt (Ducky) Howe
> Owner of a MP2000U and an Emate
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