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Macintosh Application Environment 1.0 (SPARC-Solaris)

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mae_solaris.tgz (11.95 MB)
MD5: 0527b3b37a27f19f4d79c66d1f7c6c5c
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (15.36 MB)
MD5: 76d218d36f8564d39dddb1d9684e440a
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Guides on emulating older applications

Macintosh Application Environment (MAE), is a software implementation of Macintosh that runs on UNIX workstations from Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. Through the use of 68LC040 emulation and native extensions, MAE provides the Mac OS 7.1 environment in an X Window. This gives users the ability to run thousands of "shrink-wrap" Macintosh applications on their workstations. In addition MAE provides a high-level of integration between the Macintosh environment and UNIX thereby enabling users to manipulate UNIX files and execute UNIX applications from the Macintosh "desktop."

MAE runs on Solaris 2.3 or HP-UX 9.0.1 or later, and requires an X11 release 4 or later window display server. MAE is compatible with HP’s Visual User Environment, as well as SunSoft’s OpenWindows and OSF Motif.

MAE was available for Sun Microsystems SPARCstation and Hewlett-Packard systems. It was discontinued on May 14, 1998.

The download link above is for the trial version which will only run for 8 hours.

The second download link is the full version CD (thanks to ufk). This is also just for Solaris. Unlike the later versions, no serial is required.


Sun SPARC hardware and Solaris 2.3 and up (tested on 2.4 to 2.6).


Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, November 6 - 7:20pm

One of his links includes a screenshot of SSW 7.1 running MacX / xterm and MAE 1.0 on it. Shock

I didn't know this was a thing.

Antonin29's picture
by Antonin29 - 2019, November 6 - 4:20pm

The Journal du Lapin is a great blog about macintosh stuff; I'm sure I'll agree to!

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by CyberMonkey - 2019, November 6 - 1:42pm

Looks like someone has a working copy of MAE3.0 (need to translate the page from French)
Perhaps if we ask nicely they might upload a copy?

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by Temporary Joe - 2013, December 13 - 8:20pm

This is awesome. I'd love to see this for OS X.

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by IIGS_User - 2013, June 1 - 2:52am

Can this be ported to Mac OS X?

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by Protocol 7 - 2011, April 11 - 1:46pm

I'll see if I can find a screen recorder that'll work on Solaris 2.6.

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by Fortuna Wave - 2011, April 11 - 11:48am

Protocol 7, can you upload the video showing the Macintosh Application Environment 1.0 interface in 13.5 minutes in Youtube?

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by Protocol 7 - 2011, April 8 - 12:46am

Got some old Sun gear the other day so I had to give this a try. I've added a screenshot of the 1.0 full version running on my SPARCstation 20.

There was a 1.0a patch released for this that fixed a few bugs. But I can't find a copy anywhere. Maybe someone can add it at some stage. Here are the fixes:

Change Depth Crash –
Changing bit-depths using the Monitor Control Panel
can cause MAE to crash under certain circumstances.

Newline / CR Problems –
Saving files as type TEXT in certain applications
can result in a file that is stripped of Carriage Returns.

Groups –
MAE may crash at startup if the user belongs to more
than 8 UNIX groups.

Finder Desktop Rebuilds –
The Finder desktop rebuild scans the users home directory
when it shouldn’t.

Floppy Dialog –
On Solaris, the wrong floppy dialog can be displayed
under certain circumstances.

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by unixphreak - 2010, December 17 - 1:23pm

thank you

Protocol 7's picture
by Protocol 7 - 2010, December 17 - 1:00pm

Thanks for getting me to take a second look at my copy. When I tried test extracting it with 7-zip I got an error that made me think it was incomplete. This got me to try it again with tar from the terminal and it tested fine. So my earlier comment in the forum about the demo being corrupt was wrong. Now we just need to find the demo CDs, the HPUX demos, or any of the later versions Smile