Mac OS X 10.2 was released by Apple in 2002. Ten years later, in the summer of 2012, Apple discontinued Software Update for Mac OS X 10.3 and earlier. (Panther users got less than 9 years…) Users of Mac OS X 10.2 are therefor on their own when they want to re-install Jaguar on a supported (by Mac OS X) yet by Apple discontinued (hence unsupported) PowerPC-based Mac.
According Apple the required updates will still be available for download on Apples Support site, but to find which updates are applicable is hard work.
For the very few who may want to re-install Mac OS X 10.2.8 Jaguar on a Power Mac (or inside PearPC, which was slow on PCs back in 2004) I wrote down the list of updates an original Mac OS X 10.2 release was receiving using Software Update back in 2011.
Mac OS X 10.2 updates
This list of updates is in the order it was presented in Software Update on a Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (original model, 2001). Apple’s software update chart doesn’t include all of them; other Mac models may include additional (model specific) updates:
- 10.2.8 Update Combo (2003-10-01)
- QuickTime 6.3 (2003-05-28)
- Safari 1.0 (2003-06-18)
- iCal 1.5.5 (2004-12-03)
- Bluetooth Software 1.3.3 (2003-11-10)
- Java Update 1.4.1 Update 1 (2003-11-14)
- QuickTime 6.5.3 (2005-10-11)
- Safari 1.0.3 Update (2004-08-02)
- Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2004-04-24 (2004-04-20)
- Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2004-06-07
- Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2004-09-16
- Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2004-09-30
- Mac OS X 10.2.8 Security Update 2005-001
- QuickTime 6.4 Update for Java 2.0
- Safari Security Update 2003-12-05
- iPod Driver (for iTunes) 3.1 (2005-01-06)
- iPod Updater 2006-01-10
- iPod Updater 2006-06-28
- iSync 1.5
- iSync Security Update 2005-004
Depending on the specific Mac model these updates may also be applicable:
- 10.2.8 (G5) Update (2003-10-03)
- NVidia FCode flasher 1.1 (2004-03-15)
- Graphics Driver Update 1.0 (2004-02-09)
Additionally I found these updates, which were not included by Software Update:
- Bluetooth Update 1.3.4 (2004-02-17)
- Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) Client Update 1.2.4 (2003-12-16)
- CHUD Tools 3.5.2 (2004-06-22)
- iTunes 6.0.5 (2006-06-29)
Since this list is for a Power Mac G4 Quicksilver (which has an nVidia graphics card installed), ATI specific updates will be missing.
I did not link the specified updates to the respective download site, because Apple, as it has done in the past, changes link addresses from time to time and sadly Apple does not provide permalinks. Since now you have a list what to look for you should be able to find all of these updates at Apple Support by using the search function.
Mac OS X Server
Someone at Green Building Concepts made a similar list for Mac OS X 10.2 Server.
Continued use of Mac OS X 10.2.8 Jaguar
Well, to be honest, most PowerPC applications require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. I highly recommend using Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger on every Power Macintosh that supports it. It may be possible to get Tiger installed on officially unsupported Macs using XPostFacto.
However, some useful applications do run on Mac OS X 10.2.8:
- possibly bundled iLife
- possibly bundled AppleWorks 6.2.9
- Adobe Reader 7.1.4†
- BootCD 0.5.4
- Carbon Copy Cloner 2.3 (2003-10-22)
- Cinebench 8.1 (2003-02-27)
- Disc Burner 1.15
- Little Snitch 1.2.4 (2007-01-12) free license
- Microsoft Office:mac 2004 11.6.6†
- Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client 1.0.3 (2004-10-12)
- Microsoft Virtual PC 7.0.3 (not on a G5)
- OnyX 1.3.1 (2006-05-17)
- Opera 8.54 (2007-03-29)†
- Opera 9.64 (2009-03-02)† officially requires Mac OS X 10.3, but it also runs on Jaguar
- StuffIt Expander 8.0.2
- Video LAN Client (VLC) Media Player 0.8.4a (2005-12-12)†
- Xfolders 0.5.1 (2003-09-02)
- Zippist 1.2 (2004-09-26)
† Security warning! These applications contain unfixed security holes! Opening files of unknown origin (like off the internet) is dangerous and represents a security hazard!
A lot of good applications require at least Mac OS X 10.3.9 Panther, most updated versions require at least Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger, some even Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard. Still, Mac OS X 10.2.8 Jaguar is good enough for Microsoft Office:mac 2004, which is a very good office application, while at the same time it feels like a voyage through time. The usual PowerPC Mac applications are missing. Older versions of these applications are often either carbonized Mac OS 8/9 applications or they are outdated and contain severe security related bugs, like internet browsers such as Camino, PDF viewers/editors like Adobe Acrobat and even office suites like Microsoft Office (the last security fix for Office:mac 2004 is from December 2011).
The latest Macs that officially run Jaguar (latest models require at least 10.2.7) are:
- Power Mac G5: only original (2003) with special 10.2.7 installation media
- Power Mac G4: all models including the Cube
- iMac: up to 2003 model (without USB 2.0)
- eMac: up to 2003 model (without USB 2.0)
- PowerBook: up to 2003 model (PowerBook5,3 and PowerBook 6,2)
- iBook G3: all models (but none of the iBook G4 models)
- Power Mac G3: all models
- Power Macintosh G3: all models
Unofficial support when restoring a backup of 10.2.8:
- Mac mini G4: runs, but no video acceleration, no audio, no WiFi – lack of driver?
- most likely all PowerBooks
- possibly all iBook G4s, maybe with some functions not working (e.g. audio)