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Mac OS 8.2d8 "Snowman" (pre-alpha)

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OS_8.2d8.sit (65.64 MB)
MD5: 31943b564995f681f625b248fa9705cf
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1
This app works with: SheepShaver,

Mac OS 8.2d8, codenamed "Snowman" (pre-alpha non-release) for what was eventually to become Mac OS 8.5.

This runs in SheepShaver (It requires a PowerPC Mac). Be careful though, like many betas, it is extremely unstable.

The codename “Snowman” replaces the Mac OS's "Special" menu in this build, denoting its non-release status. It includes two additional Appearance themes, "Gizmo" and "Hi-Tech".

The above image file is not bootable. If installing; I recommend booting up from an existing OS, mounting the image to run the installer and install this beta to a spare partition, a spare drive or onto a new (SheepShaver) drive container, before booting up with this OS. - That is; Do not overwrite your only stable OS!

Architecture: PPC

Runs on any PPC Macintosh, clone or emulator capable of booting & running Mac OS 8.1

Do not use this beta as a production system as it is unstable to the point where you may need to disable as many of the system Control Panels and Extensions as you can comfortably get away with, including MacsBug.


MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2013, November 15 - 8:32am

I'm sure there really was a very good reason that Gold releases of the Mac OS jumped from 8.1 to 8.5 - Although a later beta, "Sarah" (Mac OS 8.7), was reasonably stable and runs well for me on SheepShaver.

os9er's picture
by os9er - 2013, November 15 - 4:07am

This does not work for me at all. I tried it in Sheepshaver before, but after it booted, SheepShaver froze completely, and I had to force quit it. Probably a big bug.

Protocol 7's picture
by Protocol 7 - 2010, August 23 - 3:14pm

Yep this contains those themes. The versions I have are from 8.5b6 but I've never found any of the 8.5 beta discs. Does anyone have any of them?

Anonymous500's picture
by Anonymous500 - 2010, April 3 - 12:36pm

It is just 64MB, and it got archived. Is there a link for it?

soudesune's picture
by soudesune - 2010, January 2 - 10:25pm

Thanks for the replies.
I had no idea that this version ever existed in the wild, so to speak.
I have since tried to install it on Basilisk II to no avail. Next up is my old PB G3.

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, January 2 - 7:14am

OS8.1 had USB support - for the original iMac.

OSX2000's picture
by OSX2000 - 2010, January 2 - 4:22am

If I'm not mistaken, this version of OS 8 contains the Gizmo and Hi-Tech appearance themes, albeit older versions of them.

And soudesune, I don't think this would work in Basilisk II. Since this is a beta of what later became Mac OS 8.5, it's pretty likely that they're already removed a lot of the 68k code in this version. I would be very interested to try it though, should a mirror be put up.

soudesune's picture
by soudesune - 2009, December 31 - 2:09pm

I have 3 questions about it: a) does it have USB-Support and b) would you be so good as to upload it to a mirror please and finally c) have you tried it in Basilisk II?
many thanks