Now you can download and run an Electron version of Mac OS 8 on Linux, Windows and macOS


Now you can simply download and run an Electron version of Mac OS 8 on your Linux, Windows and macOS PC/laptop

A full-stack developer Felix Rieseberg has released an Electron app that allows us to install Mac OS 8 on any Windows, Linux, or Mac computer. Rieseberg previously also transformed Windows 95 into an app back in 2018, but now the developer has turned an entire 1991 Macintosh Quadra with Mac OS 8.1 into a single Electron app.

Yes! Quite well, actually – on macOS, Windows, and Linux. Bear in mind that this is written entirely in JavaScript, so please adjust your expectations. The virtual machine is emulating a 1991 Macintosh Quadra 900 with a Motorola CPU, which Apple used before switching to the PowerPC architecture (Apple/IBM/Motorola) in the mid 1990s.

Felix Rieseberg

The Electron app released by the Rieseberg runs as a standalone app that boots to the OS directly, i.e. there’s no need to fuss around with installers, partitions, or set up dialogs and the GitHub page of the project guarantees you’re going to get the full experience.

The developer said that the macintosh.js app is fully written in JavaScript, and it uses a virtual machine to emulate a Macintosh Quadra 900 with the Motorola CPU Apple used before its transition to IBM’s PowerPC chips.

Moreover, Rieseberg has also managed to add up the classic games like Duke Nukem 3D, Civilization II, Dungeons & Dragons, Namely, Oregon Trail, Alley 19 Bowling, and Damage Incorporated running on the app. He also said that the app also has a bunch of apps and trials preinstalled, including Photoshop 3, Premiere 4, Illustrator 5.5, StuffIt Expander, and Apple’s Web Page Construction Kit.

The developer later said that he has also included Internet Explorer and Netscape preinstalled, but the versions are so old that Rieseberg says “you wouldn’t be able to open even Google.”

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