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Following in the footsteps of the release of System 7.5.3 for free in January 1999, Apple has decided to give away Mac OS 9.0 operating system for free since it’s been replaced by Mac OS X, and not used by OS X’s Classic (Mac OS 9.2.2 […]

Following in the footsteps of the release of System 7.5.3 for free in January 1999, Apple has decided to give away Mac OS 9.0 operating system for free since it’s been replaced by Mac OS X, and not used by OS X’s Classic (Mac OS 9.2.2 is required for Classic.). Sources at Apple have said that since 9.0 runs on all PowerPC Macs and Mac OS 9.2.2 doesn’t, Apple has decided to release 9.0 to support its past customers who have Power Macintoshes that have PowerPC 601, 602, 603 or 604 processors. Mac OS 9 can be updated to 9.1 using a free updater available from Apple’s website.

  1. Hell, you’re not kidding us! It’s April 1st man!

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  2. While there is precedent for this type of action in the past, it usually has to do with a court order rather than Apple’s generousity. While this would greatly simplify my efforts to support a PowerMac 7200, 4400 and an LC III with Apple II card that I still have to support, my gut instinct is that the story is false (being April Fool’s day) or there’s a much bigger story beneath the surface as to what has caused Apple to release 9.0 to the public.

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  3. Or if you simply follow his link, you can see that OS 9 is NOT listed for download with System 7. Only the updates are available.

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  4. Now what would be really nice if Palm would open up (source code…not just binaries) BeOS for everybody. Now that would bring new life to old Macs (and PCs for that matter).

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  5. response to will Friday, April 1, 2005

    will – supporting your LCIII with 9.0 will be pretty difficult because the last OS to support the 68030 is 7.6

    Plus, this is an April Fools joke – if Apple were to make an OS a reference OS, it would have done it with 7.6, or 8, long before 9 (and the silly comment about 9.2 needed for OS X – 9.1 is needed, 9.2 is optimal, 9.x are free updates to 9, etc.)

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  6. Though, it would make sense to do 9.1 over 9.2, as 9.2 will not boot a lot of old Macs (G3 or higher if I remember correctly…or was it USB…I guess I don’t remember). It would be nice if Apple would release 8.0 – 9.2.2, so I wouldn’t have to worry about keeping all of my CDs for them.

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  7. I need 9.0 for my old mac G3 Blue and white I am running 8.6 can you help

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  8. Jeff,

    If you need 9, you’ll need to buy it. It’s going for around $25 on eBay.

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  9. I love classic OS for mac, specifically 9.0-9.2 & 8 is great ONLY USING X ON MY POWERBOOK

    HATE 2 THINK THAT CLASSIC ENVIRONMENT IS GONE FOR POWERMAC

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  10. I have an iMac OS X purchased in 2005. I have some games, both downloaded from my OS 9.6 and CD-ROMs that I can’t open because it says apparently I need Mac OS 9 installed on my OS X…What’s up with that???!!! What should I do? Is it a program I need to install and, if so, where to go…Will it interfere with my running the OS X?

    Thank you!
    Jennipooh in Ohio

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