Well, it took a couples days of downloading updates, new versions and patches, but I am typing this from my venerable beige PowerMac G3, running Mac OS X 10.2.8 Jaguar. And it is good. Very good. Frankly I am surprised. I always heard stories about how OS X was dog slow on G3 computers, but it seems perfectly acceptable to me. I’ve got over five applications running right now, Firefox, Nvu, Mariner Write and Mariner Calc, Sherlock (remember Sherlock? Apple doesn’t) and two terminal windows open, one running Folding@Home and the other Python. And things are running just fine. Now slowdowns, no problems redrawing the screen, nothing. Not bad for a 300 MHz, seven year old computer.
Obsolete indeed – I’d like to see an old Pentium II run XP adequately, along with a heavy load of applications. Hell, I got an old Pentium II sitting in my hallway, gathering dust. It was running BeOS Release 5 last year, until it gave up the ghost and refused to be resurrected after a power outage. And while it ran BeOS adequately, it was nowhere near as responsive as this G3 is under Jaguar.
Okay, enough geek love for tonight. I need to go take a walk and get some fresh air. Just thought I would share. Now it’s off into the night.