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Web Browser for OS 9.2.2

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#1 GerrySch

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 09:13 PM

Good Afternoon everyone.  I have finished upgrading my slot loading iMac G3 DV with a 500 MHz G3, 1 GB of RAM and a 64 GB SD based IDE system drive running 9.2.2.  I have Netscape Communicator 4.77 which chokes on just about any website I go to.  I ran into Classilla 9.3.3 and it works a lot better.


What is the best browser to use on my configuration with the modern Internet?


Thank you,


#2 beachycove

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 09:39 PM

That would be Classilla, but for sparing use!

#3 LazarusNine

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:12 PM

Classilla is where it's at. It even has a built-in e-mail client. It's a responsive application and pretty much the only browser of any use on Mac OS 9. I tend to prefer it to Cameron's other browser for Mac OS X, TenFourFox, but that's because I'm often running G3s or slower G4s. TenFourFox crawls on these machines whereas Classilla is really quite speedy!

#4 GerrySch

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:01 AM

Very Cool!  Thanks for the feedback.  I forgot to ask about the best browser for a 68K Mac.  I have an LC475 with 128 MBs of RAM running 7.5.5 with a 10base-T network connection to the internet.  What's the best browser to use on this machine?  I like this Mac a lot and I love the older GUI but it bogs down pretty quickly even with a full 68040 inside it.  Honestly I'm not holding my breath given it's age but perhaps there's a surprise here.


Thank you for all your answers.  I appreciate your feedback.



#5 rsolberg

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:55 AM

There's not one ideal browser for that machine. I have a 575 logic board and 68MB of RAM in my Colour Classic and I favour Netscape Communicator 4.0.8 (with Java and JavaScript disabled) in Mac OS 7.6.1. If I'm in System 7.5.5, I use Netscape Navigator 3.0.4 or iCab 2.9.9. Communicator 4.0.8 is very unstable on my machine in 7.5.5, but reasonably solid in 7.6.1. None render modern pages particularly well, but more simplistic or old pages do fine. This link might be useful: http://main.system7t...erbrowsers.html
68000: Mac SE Superdrive, 68040: Mac Colour Classic "Mystic" w/VGA mod

#6 beachycove

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:29 AM

Try Wannabe (Wanna Be? I forget the spelling), which is text only but probably about as usable on an lc475 as anything that supposedly does Graphics. It'll generally let you read a news site or the like fine, however, and behaves similarly to lynx in the Terminal.

Edited by beachycove, 17 February 2017 - 01:29 AM.

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