Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Boot into System 7 Again ... in Your Browser

There's a great deal of emulation of vintage software available and usually that goes to resurrecting various games but the Internet Archive is doing it with entire Mac operating systems and also with a lot of games such as Lode Runner which was famous in the early Mac days.   (MacWorld:  The Internet Archive brings Apple's classic Macintosh to your browser)

We've seen the Internet Archive publish classic software collections for MS-Dos, Amiga, Apple II, Windows 3.1, and classic arcade games. Now, the online museum is moving on to the Macintosh.

The site recently published a collection of Mac OS System software (not to be confused with the current macOS) from the 80s and 90s, including classic Macintosh computers such as the 128K and 512K. The best part? You can try all this software without having to constantly switch floppy disks on your machine.

All of the software can be saved to your own PC or used with an in-browser emulator. There are more than 40 items in the online exhibit. You can find working versions of Mac OS System 6 and 7.1 with various software pre-installed. There are also software-specific emulations for games such as Dark Castle, and programs like Microsoft MultiPlan Version 1.11, Microsoft Flight Simulator, MacPaint, and MacWrite 4.5.

- MW

To have an immediate go at this, check out Internet Archive:  Software Library: Macintosh

The author of the original article said he could not get Frogger to work and I didn't try because I didn't think much of the game originally so your results are unpredictable.  I did try Lode Runner and that worked.  It's just a game of running and climbing ladders but it may have been the first of that genre ... and the only one the genre ever needed.

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