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11/08/2004: Next time you want to bitch because your computer boots so slowly....

consider this:

Currawong writes "danamania, well known for making the most of 68k Macs, has done the ultimate, and installed Mac OS X Panther on an old Centris with 68MB RAM, a 25MHz 68040 and 4GB drive - an early 90's machine with about the same power as a NeXT cube. To achieve this, she's had to run it under PearPC on Debian, resulting in a severe performance hit, as generic emulation runs "about 500 times slower" according to the developers. On this approximately 0.05MHz G3 speed emulator, the boot screen has taken 1.5 hours to appear, and the ETA for full boot is almost exactly 1 week! Regular updates are being posted as each milestone in the boot process is reached."

Len on 11.08.04 @ 08:03 AM CST


Replies: 2 comments

on Monday, November 8th, 2004 at 9:36 AM CST, rlrr said

I remeber getting similar results attempting to run a beta release of Windows 95 on a 20MHz 386 with 4MB RAM (which was well within the original specs for Windows 95). It was maybe 4-6 hours for a full boot.

on Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 at 5:38 AM CST, Len Cleavelin said

It has, of course, been an open secret that MS's published minimum hardware specs represent a configuration that will (barely) allow the computer to boot, but that's almost impressive....

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