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Icon A/UX 3.1.1

A/UX is Apple's implementation of Unix (it's Apple's UNix) for various Macintosh computers. A/UX merges two computing environments, Unix and the Macintosh Finder OS, and provides the full functionality of both.
A/UX is based on AT & T Unix System V.2.2 with numerous extensions from V.3, V.4 (such as streams) and BSD 4.2/4.3 (such as networking, the Fast File System, job control, lpr, NFS with Yellow Pages, SCCS and sendmail 5.64). It also provides full POSIX compliance. A/UX provides SYSV, BSD and POSIX compatiblity switches and libraries. A/UX is fully compiant with the System V Interface Definition (SVID).
A/UX provides all three standard shells: sh, csh and ksh. X-Windows is also provided standard.
A/UX 3.x.x incorporates System 7 for the Macintosh allowing for the use of the vast majority of Macintosh applications under A/UX. System7 and Unix and fully integrated under A/UX 3.x.x with the Unix file system being seen as a disk drive by the Finder.
  • License: Discontinued
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: 1994 (no longer supported)
  • Requirements: A/UX 3.0 works on the MacII (with PMMU _or_ 68030 upgrade with FDHD ROM's installed), IIx, IIcx, IIci, IIfx, SE/30, IIsi (with 68882 chip) and the Quadra 700|900|950 computers. A/UX 3.0.1 (and later) adds support for the Q800 and Centris Machines (the Centrises _must_ have the real 68040 w/FPU - See Q & A #G.03). A/UX will run on the Quadra 610 and 650s (recall that A/UX requires the _real_ 68040 chip!) with a little bit of work.


Icon BeOS R4.5-PPC

The BeOS is, quite simply, an operating system. An operating system provides programmers with a means of performing input and output to and from the hardware of a computer. For instance, an operating system helps applications display information on the screen, and tells applications where the user clicked the mouse. Computers can often run several different operating systems; Intel-based PCs can run Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Windows NT, for instance, while Power Macintosh hardware could only run the Mac OS. Now users of either hardware platform have an additional choice: the BeOS. The BeOS is also particularly well-suited to digital media creation.

You may be able to find a used copy on eBay etc.
  • License: Discontinued
  • Developer/Publisher: Be Incorporated
  • Modification Date: June 18, 1999
  • Requirements: Most 603 and 604 PPC Macs

Icon Boot Camp 6.1.0

Boot Camp is a utility that comes with your Mac and lets you switch between macOS and Windows. Download your copy of Windows 10, then let Boot Camp Assistant walk you through the installation steps.
  • License: Comes with your Mac
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: August 17, 2018
  • Requirements: macOS 10.14, Earlier versions come with earlier operating systems

Download Mac File Size: 1.9 MB - macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Boot Camp Update - June 12, 2019 - This update addresses an issue which prevents creation of a new Boot Camp partition on iMac and Mac mini with Fusion Drive

Boot Camp Support

Icon Darwin 17.0.0

Darwin is a version of the BSD UNIX operating system that offers advanced networking, services such as the Apache web server, and support for both Macintosh and UNIX file systems. It was originally released in March 1999.
Beneath the appealing, easy-to-use interface of Mac OS X is a rock-solid foundation that is engineered for stability, reliability, and performance. This foundation is a core operating system commonly known as Darwin. Darwin integrates a number of technologies, most importantly Mach 3.0, operating-system services based on 4.4BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), high-performance networking facilities, and support for multiple integrated file systems.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: September 19, 2017
  • Requirements: Darwin 10.0 (Mac OS X 10.6.0) last official support for PPC


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Icon Debian 9.6

The PowerPC is a RISC microprocessor architecture developed by IBM, Motorola (now Freescale) and Apple. The PowerPC architecture allows both 64-bit and 32-bit implementations (the 64-bit implementation includes the 32-bit implementation). The first PowerPC microprocessor was the 601, a 32-bit implementation released in 1992. Several other 32-bit implementations have since been released, including the 603, 604, 750 (G3), 7400 (G4) and the PowerQUICC embedded communications processors. 64-bit implementations include the 620, POWER4, POWER5 and the 970 (G5).

The Motorola 680x0 series of processors have powered personal computers and workstations since the mid-1980s. Debian currently runs on the 68020, 68030, 68040 and 68060 processors: this is an unofficial port meaning that there's not an official and released m68k port any more but this port is under development.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Debian.org
  • Modification Date: November 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Motorola 680x0 series of processors, PowerPC, Intel

Getting Debian

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Icon Fedora 25

Fedora 25 is the latest stable release of Fedora for Power. It was announced on November 22, 2016
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: The Fedora Project
  • Modification Date: November 22, 2016
  • Requirements: Mac G5



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Icon Gentoo Linux

Welcome to Gentoo, a flexible, source-based Linux distribution that becomes just about any system you need—and much more.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Gentoo Foundation, Inc.
  • Modification Date: March 21, 2017
  • Requirements: PowerPC G3, G4, G5

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Gentoo PPC Handbook

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Icon Linux/m68k 4.1.43

The goal of this project is to improve Linux support for 68k-based Macintoshes and as much of the associated hardware as possible. Just about every Mac with a 68030 or better processor is usable in some form under Linux/mac68k. A 68020 CPU with 68851 PMMU should work also. Older 68000-based Macs are not supported. Support for certain hardware devices is still under development.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Project: Linux for 68k Macintoshes
  • Modification Date: August 20, 2017
  • Requirements: Macintoshes with a Motorola 68020, 030, or 040 CPU and an MMU. Includes some II* and most LC/Centris/Quadra/Performa *** machines.


Linux for 68k Macintoshes

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Icon mkLinux Pre-R2

MkLinux is a project begun by the OSF Research Institute (now Silicomp RI) and Apple Computer to port Linux, a freely distributed UNIX-like operating system, to a variety of Power Macintosh platforms running on top of OSF Research Institute's implementation of the Mach microkernel.
Beginning in the summer of 1998, development work on MkLinux transitioned from Apple and OSF to a community-led effort.
  • License: Discontinued
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple/OSF Research Institute
  • Modification Date: August 5, 2002
  • Requirements: Most non 603 based PPC Macs and G3s


Icon NetBSD 7.1

The NetBSD Project is a collective volunteer effort to produce a freely available and redistributable UNIX-like operating system. NetBSD runs on a broad range of hardware platforms and is highly portable. It comes with complete source code, and is user-supported.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Various contributors
  • Modification Date: March 11, 2017
  • Requirements: Most 68k and PPC Macs

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Icon OpenBSD 6.2

The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. As an example of the effect OpenBSD has, the popular OpenSSH software comes from OpenBSD.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: OpenBSD Project
  • Modification Date: Oct 9, 2017
  • Requirements: Supported PPC Hardware



OpenBSD/mac68k - The OpenBSD/mac68k port was discontinued after the 5.1 release

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Icon Parallels Desktop 14.1.3

The fastest, easiest, and most powerful application for running Windows on Mac - without rebooting.
  • #1 choice of Mac users to run Windows on Mac—no rebooting
  • Develop and test across multiple operating systems
  • Easily convert your existing PC or install a new Windows OS
  • Optimized for Windows 10 and macOS Sierra; ready for macOS High Sierra
  • BONUS! +30 one-touch tools to simplify everyday tasks
  • License: Demo, $80
  • Developer/Publisher: Parallels, Inc./Acquired by Corel
  • Modification Date: March 12, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS 10.11.6 or higher

Download Mac File Size: 213.5 MB

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Icon Ubuntu Linux 6.06.2

Note to PowerPC (PPC) users: The PowerPC platform of computers is not supported by the newest versions of Ubuntu. However Ubuntu 6.06 is still available for your machine.
Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ubuntu
  • Modification Date: September 21, 2007
  • Requirements: G3, G4, G5

Ubuntu Old Releases

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icon VirtualBox 6.0.8

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction.
Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.
VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Oracle ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Oracle
  • Modification Date: May 13, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher

Download Mac File Size: 143.3 MB

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icon VMware Fusion 11.1.0

VMware Fusion: Powerfully Simple Virtual Machine for Mac.
VMware Fusion gives Mac users the power to run Windows on Mac along with hundreds of other operating systems side by side with Mac applications, without rebooting. Fusion is simple enough for home users and powerful enough for IT professionals, developers and businesses.

Run Nearly Any Operating System on a Mac
Running Windows on Mac is only the beginning. VMware Fusion lets you choose from hundreds of supported operating systems, from lesser-known Linux distributions to the latest Windows 10 release.
  • License: Demo, $80, Pro $160
  • Developer/Publisher: VMware
  • Modification Date: May 12, 2019
  • Requirements: macOS 10.12 or higher

Download Mac File Size: 519.3 MB

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Icon Yellow Dog Linux 6.1

An open source, Linux operating system for home, office, server, and cluster users. Built upon the RHEL/CentOS core, Fixstars has since the spring of 1999 developed and maintained YDL for the Power architecture family of CPUs. This focus and dedication has lead to the world's leading Linux for the Power architecture.

Yellow Dog Linux combines a no non-sense graphical installer with support for a wide range of Power hardware, leading (but not bleeding) edge kernels and stable, functional compilers for code development. And of course, the foundation applications and servers expected for web, database, email, and network services. Greater than 2000 packages are included on the Install DVD.
  • License: Discontinued
  • Developer/Publisher: Fixstars
  • Modification Date: February 1, 2009
  • Requirements: G3, G4 or G5

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