Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Mac Classic

We switched to Mac (no, not from Windows; from FreeBSD) about 9 months ago, and only last night did I finally have occasion to run the "Classic environment." Classic is what Apple now calls their old, pre-OS X operating system. To run programs written for the old OS on the new OS, you have to have the Classic environment, which mimics the old within the new.

I bought some games for our kids, and was a little disappointed to find they weren't native OS X programs. The web site of the publisher didn't bother to mention that other than deep in their support pages. To their credit, they will give refunds or exchanges if you can't run the games because of this issue.

Being a reformed Unix guy, rather than an old Mac-head, I wasn't even sure I could run Classic on our iMac. The Apple support site doesn't go out if its way to promote anything to do with Classic. I don't blame them; it makes sense, since OS X is where it's at, and has been for some time. A little searching found some potentially helpful information, so I spent my lunch hour today getting Classic installed.

It wasn't without incident. The only docs I found were apparently for OS X discs as originally shipped, while I had upgrade discs, so I had to try several before I found the right one. For some reason, the first time I tried the installation, it told me that it wouldn't work on our model of Mac. One-year-old Ava happened to bump the power cord as I was doing all of this, so that slowed me down a bit.

But finally it worked, and now Thomas and Johanna can play I Spy at home.