A sequence of computer hand-me-downs here left us with an old PowerPC iBook with no owner. Leopard won't run on it and I'm so in to all the Leopard features and multi-touch stuff that it's getting hard to use.
Digging through my disk collection I found the original recovery CDs and thought I might travel back in time and try running MacOS 9 again.
It wouldn't connect to my WPA2 encrypted network so I shared the ethernet from another Mac and that worked just fine. The old Internet Explorer can't render many popular pages, this blogger page was rather scrambled and ironically, the Low End Mac page was unreadable.
Random notes: The old launch bar along the bottom of the screen was very functional compared to the dock we have now. Fonts all look rather jagged. Sherlock doesn't work any more, there must be a proxy that no longer exists.
No Google in there at all!
There is an early iTunes and iMovie but really what were we thinking with that brushed metal look?
It certainly shuts down faster than MacOS X but I would have to say that Tiger runs faster on a PowerPC G3 than MacOS 9 does which is certainly to the credit of the OS team who have done amazing optimisations over the past 8 years.
Would I go back? No way. I am totally in to Leopard and totally addicted to having a Unix shell and all those great tools available to me. I can't imagine what we'll be running in 8 years from now.
Gosh, plenty of free memory there. I used it for a while, had a poke around some of the old apps just for fun. I wonder if I can install some sort of linux on this thing?