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18 Should I buy Executor or a real Mac? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)




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This article is from the Miscellaneous Macintosh FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

18 Should I buy Executor or a real Mac? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)

ARDI's $99 Executor/DOS 1.2 allows some Macintosh applications
to run on a PC. It also lets a PC read and write Mac formatted high
density floppies and hard disks, and at only $99 Executor's doesn't
cost much more than a dedicated utility to do this alone. That this
works at all is nothing short of amazing and a tribute to the talents
of ARDI's programmers, especially since they've received no help from
Apple. However the limitations on what it will run are decidedly
non-trivial. For instance it won't run the Finder, System 7,
HyperCard or many other applications and does not support color,
extensions, serial ports or printing. Version 2.0 which is due
out sometime last summer will remove some of these limitations
and add support for color and printing. Upgrades will be $59
for Executor 1.2 owners.

Executor requires a 386 or better processor, a VGA monitor,
five megabytes of disk space, four megabytes of RAM and a mouse.
Given the limitations of the current version you're probably better
off buying a cheap Mac than Executor. If you'd like to see for
yourself you can ftp a demo copy from

<URL:ftp://oak.oakland.edu/pub/msdos/emulator/

A NextStep version for both Intel and Motorola machines which
does support printing and the serial ports is also available, but
it's more expensive: $499 commercial, $249 educational. You can
retrieve this from

<URL:ftp://ftp.cs.unm.edu/pub/ardi/Executor_NEXTSTEP>

 

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