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php in mac os 9

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hi there:

i'm really new to mac os (the last mac i used was a LCII twelve years ago - from then: PCs) and i would like know, if there's php already installed on my mac os 9?
i know, there's php in the mac osx, but i'm going to buy a blue and white g3, which rather likes mac os 9...
if there's php, i would like to know:

 1. the procedure of turning it on is the same as for mac os x (enable sharning - so starting apache, and then using the terminal as in linux to activate it) or different?
 2. updating is the same as for *nix and mac os x systems?

thanks!
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    Thurston,

    You're doing it the hard way if you want to run OS9 + PHP + Apache (and MySQL I presume?)

    PHP and Apache does not installed by default on OS9.

    There are a few option for you :

    If you want to run PHP and OS9 : you can check out : http://www.tenon.com/products/webten/

    OR you can install Linux on your mac : http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/ydl_home.shtml

    OR you can try to get more RAM into your Mac (RAM are cheap!), and install OSX.  There's a tool called XPostFacto that can be usefull to help older system to run osx (http://eshop.macsales.com/OSXCenter/XPostFacto/Framework.cfm?page=XPostFacto.html).  If you don't need Panther, just get an used copy of Jaguar on ebay, and you do all the update on mysql, php, and apache. (http://http://www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/ is a great source for that).

    Good luck.
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    by:thurston_l
    unfortunately, i want to use mac os - beacause i want to use the softwares i got used to and licensed...
    i got 512 megs of ram. i heard 128 is enough and 256 is recomended to install OS X.
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    btw, what do you think, jaguar isn't slow on a 400 mhz g3 with 512 megs of ram?
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    by:idarmadi
    Then OSX is your solution.  It can and will run 99% of Classic applications (ranging from quark xpress to hypercard), plus you have full access to *nix stuff (php, apache, perl, x-windows, etc).

    512MB of RAM will give the OSX quite a boost.  You can have a dual boot (you can boot into OS9 exclusively, or you can boot into OSX and run OS9 from there).

    If you have spare budget, go to www.sonnettech.com and upgrade your processor.
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    Thurston,

    'Slow' is a very subjective opinion.  I used to run Jaguar on a PowerBook G3/400 + 192MB RAM + 10GB HD.  Was it slow? In my opinion, it is not, but of course it is slower than my Cube/450.  (I don't have a chance to run 10.3 on my powerbook yet, as the hard disk died.... :( ).

    Find some friend who has a copy of Jaguar, and do a test drive (before you buy your own copy).  (but first, back up first!).

    I think you won't be dissapointed. :)

    Good luck.
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    by:thurston_l
    thank you very much for your fast and kind response!

    -thurston
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    by:idarmadi
    You're welcome. :)
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