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It is interesting to see so many people spend so much effort to get Rhapsody running on their systems.

Just out of curiosity, what are you guys doing with Rhapsody after you get it running? Are you just getting it running so you can say "I have Rhapsody running" or are you guys actually using Rhapsody as a useful platform?

It is hard to tell, but I haven't seen anyone talk about actually using Rhapsody around here... just how to get it running.

So what are you guys doing with Rhapsody after you've gotten it running?

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I happen to fall in the first category - I've wanted to run it ever since I heard about it in the late 90s, so now I ran it, I saw it.. and that's about all. I don't have a dedicated machine to actually use it anyway, and bochs/parallels can only take you so far.

I was going to refer to some guy who made this RhapsodyOS.org site who actually uses it daily, but then noticed it's your site lol.

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So what are you guys doing with Rhapsody after you've gotten it running?

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I was going to refer to some guy who made this RhapsodyOS.org site who actually uses it daily, but then noticed it's your site lol.

Yeah, I was just wondering if I'm still pretty much the only user of Rhapsody.

Using Rhapsody as one of my primary platforms is like living at a tourist attraction. Seems like there are always a lot of visitors, but no one else seems to stay around for very long. :D

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Seems like there are always a lot of visitors, but no one else seems to stay around for very long.

Guilty as charged. Still haven't found a way to get any productivity out of it. maybe you can enlighten me?

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maybe you can enlighten me?

I guess it depends on what you want/need to do with it.

As with any operating system, it's final usability comes down to the applications that you run on it. The best OS in the world is still nothing more than an OS. You need apps to accomplish tasks. Otherwise you are just staring at an OS... which is a pretty dull thing to do.

So what would you want to do with it?

Obviously I've built my Rhapsody web site with Rhapsody (also most of my NEXTSTEP/OPENSTEP web site was built on Rhapsody too), but I also have a pretty full range of tools for doing tons of stuff. I have a number of apps for working with images, illustrations, page layout, PDFs and sound, on top of the web design tools I use (I have an article on some Rhapsody apps here).

Generally speaking, the main goal of my site has been to show how to be productive in Rhapsody. But I did write an article specially for those who are trying to use Rhapsody DR2 for Intel (here).

But actually, pretty much all the main software titles I use in Mac OS X are the same ones I use in Rhapsody (and OPENSTEP for that matter).

This table may give you some ideas...

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In the end it comes down to how open to change you are. I've seen this with many platforms: users unable to give up on old habits.

When watching people try to switch to Mac OS X, the people who have the hardest time are the ones who considered themselves to be "experts" or "gurus" at Windows or Linux or what ever they were originally using (including the original Mac OS). It is hard to learn new ways of doing things, and even harder to put yourself into the position of "beginner" when you've been used to being a "guru".

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You've got some nice information over at your site. It's obvious to me that if I spend time on this, it's of no profit to me or my clients since DR2 isn't even available. I'm an IT consultant, and as an integrator, my job is to convince clients to spend less money and not sacrifice productivity. In turn, I can earn more profit. It's a simple concept really.

It is hard to learn new ways of doing things..

I can't agree more. I find the easiest clients to consult and train are clients who know little to nothing.

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You've got some nice information over at your site. It's obvious to me that if I spend time on this, it's of no profit to me or my clients since DR2 isn't even available. I'm an IT consultant, and as an integrator, my job is to convince clients to spend less money and not sacrifice productivity. In turn, I can earn more profit. It's a simple concept really.

I've been in the same business for the last 6 years, in that time I've never (not once) suggested Rhapsody as a solution for any of my clients.

Further, I have never (ever) made a profit off of any of my Rhapsody work. My site is a totally not-for-profit endeavor.

On the other hand, by knowing Rhapsody inside and out, I was a Mac OS X expert before most people even knew that Mac OS X was coming. And I knew of many applications for Mac OS X that most Mac users had never heard of because they weren't apps from the original Mac OS. In 2000 I started using my ThinkPad running Rhapsody as my only mobile computer to force me to learn how to function with Rhapsody. I had no other OS on that system, so I had to make it work for everything I needed... which was what I did.

I still have the applications needed to make Rhapsody a useful and functioning platform, and can use Rhapsody to do a lot of the things that people can do on other platforms. That is what I try to share on my site, helping people gain the ability to do more than just visit Rhapsody.

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Further, I have never (ever) made a profit off of any of my Rhapsody work. My site is a totally not-for-profit endeavor.

I can understand that. A lot of people install Be, OS X, Linux, ect. just to say, "I have something running" or what they have accomplished. Most people don't take it to another level and actually apply it to there job or spread the knowledge.

I jumped on the bandwagon much later than you. Sometime about this time last year to be precise. If I had known about Rhapsody much earlier than last year, maybe i could have helped more with the 10.4.x kernels.

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I have been looking for an OS to bring my powerbook 3400c (240mhz 603e, 80mb) back to life, looks like rhapsody may be the OS for the Job as i cant find PPC BeOS anywhere. too bad it seems bluebox doesnt work on it :dance_24:.

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I have been looking for an OS to bring my powerbook 3400c (240mhz 603e, 80mb) back to life, looks like rhapsody may be the OS for the Job as i cant find PPC BeOS anywhere. too bad it seems bluebox doesnt work on it :blink:.


Unfortunately, BeOS never worked on the PowerBook 3400 (or any PowerBook for that matter) :blink:

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I'm not sure where you can find Rhapsody PPC... (And if that PowerBook is an old 680x0 there's no way you're running Rhapsody on that)

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I'm not sure where you can find Rhapsody PPC... (And if that PowerBook is an old 680x0 there's no way you're running Rhapsody on that)


The pb3400 is PowerPC. In fact, it's almost exactly the same model of laptop as the Wallstreet (?), the first G3 laptop. Good solid machine, mine's still in perfect working order after nearly 10 years of use. According to RacerX's site, rhapsody PPC installs and runs flawlessly on that model, too.


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According to RacerX's site, rhapsody PPC installs and runs flawlessly on that model, too.

If you don't mind 800x600... which for the graphics work I like to do was a little small for me.

As for compatibility... the 3400 should be able to run Rhapsody 5.1 (DR2) up to Rhapsody 5.6 (Server 1.2v3). And anything over 64 MB of memory should make a nice system.

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I use Rhapsody DR2 for about 25% of everything I do. I run it on a beige PowerMac G3. I got a new (Rage 128) video card that will only work in OS X Server, so I've been looking for a copy, but I'm not really motivated enough to pay for it... Call me a freeloader, oh well. I still payed for DR2.





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