“I recently wrote about how nicely Leopard runs on PowerPC Macs. I just acquired an 867 MHz PowerBook G4. It needed some work (broken screen and no keyboard), but I have restored it and it works fine,” Simon Royal reports for Low End Mac.
“This is the slowest Mac to officially be supported by Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”. For anyone wondering whether running a such a high spec modern OS on an older Mac works well, I say go for it. You will be surprised. I was,” Royal reports.
“I am no stranger to old Macs and pushing them to their limits, but this is by no means stretching it on an 867 MHz G4. Leopard really runs very smooth, very fast, and is more than just useable,” Royal reports. “You could never run Microsoft Windows on a computer that meets the stated minimum system requirements and expect it to be useable.”
“I have been using my 867 MHz PowerBook G4 running Leopard for the past few days, and nothing lags on it. The Finder is snappy, CoverFlow is surprisingly sprightly. Running the usual bunch of apps – browsers, email clients, photo editing, and office suites – nothing seems to cause me any pain or stress the Mac out,” Royal reports.
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