Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th May 2014 16:04 UTC
Mac OS X

Like most of you, I've always wanted want to code and compile 68k Mac OS applications in OS X that work on System 1.1. This question kept me up night after night, but thanks to Steven Troughton-Smith, we now know that it is, indeed, possible. It started with a 68k application on System 6. Not long after, he managed to compile a simple application that worked on System 1.1. This test application's code is available on github.

This is possible using ksherlock's MPW Emulator, which, as the name implies, is an emulator that allows you to run the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop on any OS X 10.9 system (a case-insensitive HFS+ volume is required).

I'm glad this matter has been settled. In all seriousness, while the number of useful applications for this is probably limited, it's still very cool.

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I hadn't ever used OS X besides setting up a wifi for a friend, until about a month ago when my new job gave me a Macbook Pro.

While I'm still getting used to it, I have to say there are some cool features, but kind of wish they'd just copy gnome-shell already. I know this is going to start some flame wars HA!.

But I agree, to me the PPC is just awesome, and I have always wanted one. I considered putting one in my Amiga, and running OS4. But there really isn't much in the way of native applications that are solely for the Amiga. Sure people are porting Open(libre)Office and Firefox.. but I can run those on any Linux/Windows/Mac I want. Guess it's the chicken/egg thing. You need Apps for people to use the OS, but no one wants to write for the OS if there are no users.

I do find it sad that everything has converged on x86, and long for the days when there were competition. Even sadder is that it was nice for a while in the Mobile market, but it's once again pretty much Arm with two giants, and a bunch of little guys.

If IBM would take their Power chips and sell them in desktop systems, then get a killer OS for it, I'd buy one. Only other choice is buy an Old Mac, that's no longer supported, unless you want to install MorphOS or AROS on it, or try to find a PPC accelerator for the Amiga, and pay a small fortune for it....

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