I am the owner of an 800 MHz G4 iMac. It was the first of the swivel-neck models and top-of-the-line. I got it at the end of my senior year of high school as a graduation present. I am now two years out of college. The computer continues to serve me well. I use Garage Band extensively and as long as I lock tracks and monitor my system resources, the computer runs just fine. It's loaded with Tiger and is certainly slower than new PCs, but it's definitely still operable. Surprizingly, one of the greatest drawbacks is not the processor speed, but the lack of USB2.
I agree with those saying that an 800 MHz system would choke to death on Leopard. That doesn't make it an obsolete machine. In fact, I still have an old graphite G3 iMac. It runs 9.2.2 like a champ and is great for playing some really great older games. Eventually, I will retire the G3 and convert it into an iMacquarium. When I finally have to retire the G4, I plan to keep the shell and put a Mac Mini inside.
That day has not come yet and I will continue to use my G4 with very few modern tech limitations. Considering it's still operable after Intel transition as well as generational advances in both the PPC and Intel families, I am very pleased with the life of this computer. I may spring for a new Mac this winter but I don't have any real pressing need to. My upcomming Apple purchases will be a 8GB 2nd gen nano to replace my stolen 40gig 4th gen. and an iPhone for Christmas. It may seem as though I'm stingy with my technology, but you'll surprised at the money you'll save by streching that tech just a little bit longer and most importantly realizing that even if it isn't brand new, it isn't obsolete.
Originally Posted by deanbar
Damn you Apple!!!!! I was hoping to run my iMac G4 800 MHz for a while longer yet. It runs plenty good enough on Tiger.
Then don't upgrade. Simple as that. Almost all software written today will continue to work on 10.4.11 for a good year. That gives you enough time to save up for a new Mac.
Originally Posted by deanbar
Don't tell me Apple is copying MS in bringing out more bloatware. Let's hope they manage to refine the final version enough to speed it up, before it ships.
Bloatware? One of the main factors in the massive size of Leopard is the legacy code which allows new software to run on G4s>800MHz, and G5s, which in turn must be compatible with all software capable of being run on those machines. That includes (as some mentioned earlier) Carbon APIs and the old SoundJam (proto-iTunes) code. Anyone who still programs in Carbon needs to move on. Save resources and file size. Cut the chord on old systems. Anyone expecting to run new software on old computers is just kidding themselves... especially someone who expects to run new software on OS 9... Ridiculous!
Anyway. It's not bloatware. You just have an old computer. A new PC in the Win 98 era might have been able to run Win 2k, and even had a slim chance of running XP... but certainly would not be able to run Vista. Many XP systems can't even run Vista. I got a laptop a year before the Vista betas. I installed RC1 and the computer wouldn't support Aero, which is litterally the only reason to upgrade to Vista. Trust me. Vista broke more things than it fixed. But it looks damn sparkly and clean.
If a 1-year-old computer can't run a new OS, THAT'S bloatware. If a 6-year old Mac can't run Leopard, that's bloatware too? You've got to be joking.
Enough of this. Either stretch your computer's life (like me) or buy a new Mac and shut up about it.