posted on 2015-01-29 10:57:00
I have a Macintosh Quadra 650 with System 7.6.1 on it. I wanted to get software onto it, namely web browsers and other things. How does one do that on OS X?
It's actually relatively simple. Get the software you want into a
folder on your machine. Let's say
~/software. It seems to work best
if this software has been compressed with StuffIt Expander. If you
decompress it on your OS X ("host") machine, things don't seem to work
as well and things get lost.
We will need
cdrtools, so install that.
brew install cdrtools
Now that we have that, we can make an image we can burn. The image
needs to have HFS as its file system, as this is what is used my
System 7. Making images with this file system became unsupported in
versions of OS X after 10.5 "Leopard", but
still has this capability.
mkisofs -hfs -o software.iso ~/software
Once the image is made,
software.iso, you can open it with Disk
Utility and burn it. I recommend burning at the slowest speed and
When you pop the disk into your old Mac, you should be able to explore the contents of the CD.