Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2007 20:01 UTC
Mac OS X Just weeks ahead of its public launch, Apple has updated the minimum system requirements for its next-generation Leopard operating system to exclude 800MHz PowerPC-based Macs, AppleInsider has learned. Apple has yet to officially announce the hardware requirements to run Leopard, due out in October, but had long stated in developer documentation that the software would require "an Intel processor or a PowerPC G4 (800MHz or faster) or G5 processor." According to people familiar with the matter, engineers for the company recently determined that Leopard installs on 800MHz PowerPC G4 systems ran "too slow". Support for those systems was subsequently pulled from the most recent pre-release copies of Leopard, which inform testers that the software "cannot be installed" on those computers. My take: Assuming this turns out to be true, there are going to be a lot of unhappy G4 owners - including yours truly.
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Good decision
by Headrush on Mon 24th Sep 2007 23:08 UTC
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Currently running the latest Leopard beta on a Dual 500MHz G4 and although it is useable, it is less than perfect.

The GUI causes a hit on some of the older graphic cards in these machines. (Mine is a ATI 9700 Pro)

Tiger is still a perfectly fine OS and whining over not being able to run Leopard doesn't make sense. For the most part you only are losing some new GUI effects/tools and apps that strictly require 10.5 are likely far off.

Plus, if you still want to force the install and use it on any G4 machine its incredibly easy to do. (Hint: Edit OSInstall.mpkg)

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