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Part: I Introduction to Mac OS X > Running Classic Mac OS Applications

Chapter 5. Running Classic Mac OS Applications

If you've never had a Mac or are a NeXT user who's happy to have finally found a home, Mac OS X probably has more than enough available software and functionality to make you happy. Those of us who have been using the Mac operating system regularly for years, however, are likely to already have a software library that we rely on. To accommodate this need, Apple included the Classic environment. Classic provides a runtime layer for older, non-Carbonized Mac applications. It even allows certain pieces of hardware to be accessible, such as USB scanners and cameras. It is not a perfect solution, but it does allow for a high degree of compatibility with legacy hardware and software from within Mac OS X.

This chapter looks at the Classic environment, how it works, how it can be configured, and what to do if you absolutely must boot into Mac OS 9.x.


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