Vintage Mac News
Vintage Mac News is a roundup of news related to vintage Macs and other older Apple products.
Although Apple defines vintage as models discontinued over five years ago but less than seven years ago (at which point Apple calls them obsolete), we prefer a definition that has more to do with a lack of functionality and the end of active support by Apple than with how long Apple makes service parts available.
Dictionary definitions of the word vintage start out with wine, but it is also applied to a group of items that share certain characteristics, originated in a specific time period, and/or is characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal - a classic.
As we use the term here, vintage refers to Macs and related software, operating systems, and peripherals that Apple has left behind over the years, whether that's an original Macintosh or a Power Mac G5 running OS X 10.5 Leopard. At present, we consider all pre-Intel Macs and all versions of OS X that run on them vintage (and at some point we'll extend that definition to include Intel Macs that can't run OS X 10.7 Lion, and so on).
Vintage Mac News is compiled by Dan Knight . For other Mac and Apple news, see Mac News Review. For iBook, PowerBook, and other portable news, see The 'Book Review. iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in iOS News Review.
- The Case Against PPC Linux, OS X Tiger on Facebook, ResExcellence Rebirth, and More, 2012.12.22. Also sharing files between OS X, Classic, and Linux; remembering the 20th Anniversary Mac, iMac, SuperDisk, and G3 PowerBooks; and TenFourBird 17 email client released.
- A Visual History of Apple's Mouse, PowerPC Browser Update, and More Vintage Mac News, 2012.11.30. Also the Macquarium that wasn't meant to be, TenFourFox 17.0, and a little about resource forks.
- Mac OS 9 Lives Website Launched, Classilla 9.3.1 Released, and More Vintage Mac News, 2012.11.10. Also a history of Mac notebooks, in praise of the Power Mac G4 Cube, and the games archive at Macintosh Garden.
- 5 Weirdest Macs Ever, PPC Luddite Calls Low End Mac to Task, and Lubuntu on Power Macs, 2012.10.12. The oddest Mac designs, Linux vs. or alongside OS X, and Lubuntu on an upgraded Blue and White G3.
- Using Multiple Macs, PPC Linux for Computing Freedom, and More Vintage Mac News, 2012.10.05. Also more PowerPC browsers, Leopard security, a great notepad app, and give OS X a maximize button.
- No PowerPC Support for iPhone 5, Ripping Video on PowerPC, and More Vintage Mac News, 2012.09.14. Also another Flash alternative for PowerPC Macs, and Apple ends Software Update support for OS X 10.3 and earlier.
- TenFourKit Brings Updated WebKit to Tiger, TenFourFox Updated, and More Vintage Mac News, 2012.09.10. Also Shiira browser still runs nicely on Tiger Macs, playing Flash 11 content on PowerPC Macs, and installing Leopard on unsupported Macs.
- Images in Mac SE ROMs, Sawtooth Best Mac Ever, Video on G3 Macs, and More Vintage Mac News, 2012.08.31. Also browser projects for PPC Leopard, stop spinning beachballs, Open Sonic comes to PPC Macs, and more.
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