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Mac OS 7.6 (Universal Install) CD Image

Mac OS 7.6 (Full Universal Install 250MB) - Rare
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This is a rare CD image (1997 Version 7.6 PN# U97073-086A) !
Mac OS 7.6 deserves some special mention. The most obvious difference is the name change (Now "Mac OS" and not "System"); this was for the Mac clone manufacturers, who weren’t making Macs but “Mac OS Computers”. Basically, Mac OS 7.6 is System 7.5.5 with a few software updates packaged on CD-ROM.

This has been refuted: Let’s look at Apple’s release notes for 7.6. Two of the three major performance enhancements and another of the 4 other enhancements apply only to PowerPC Macs:

Mac OS 7.6 offers a number of important performance enhancements, including: Virtual memory and memory management, The File Manager’s caching scheme, and The PowerPC Resource Manager routines.

In addition to improvements in performance. The system’s memory allocation scheme for some of its more frequently used shared libraries has been streamlined to take advantage of file mapping when virtual memory is turned on.  New functionality in Extensions Manager, documented in Technote 1091: Extensions Manager 4.0, which lets you add comments, version, and package information to your extensions.

A new “umbrella” installer, which walks the user through a safer, saner installation process. This includes disk-integrity checking and fewer restarts. Support for volume sizes up to 2 terabytes on all PowerPC and 68040 models.

Note: Mac OS 7.6 has several limitations compared to System 7.5.5: Inability to run on 32-bit Macs (Mac II, IIx, LC, IIcx, and SE/30), Lack of support for 24-bit addressing and thus lack of support for applications that require it. Also no support for 68000-based Macs, which are 24-bit only.  Also the Mac OS 7.6 new Installer, While the installation process is a lot better, has a major bug: The custom install option doesn’t work. Spend 10 minutes selecting just the right components for your Mac ? Doesn’t matter; you’re getting the Easy Install anyway. Default installation of OpenDoc Essentials Kit. This might have been great when Apple was trying to get everyone excited about OpenDoc, but now nobody wants it besides CyberDog users. Most of us could do without.

In Defense of 7.6: All that aside, there is one really good reason to recommend Mac OS 7.6 over System 7.5: Large volume HFS support. If your Macintosh supports SCSI Manager 4.3 (PowerPC and 68040-based systems only) and you have a hard disk that’s larger than 4 GB, System 7.6 will let you make huge partitions. Also, 7.6 is better than 7.5 for PowerPC Macs because of the aforementioned performance improvements.


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