Hi all. After I realised there was some demand for up-to-date DDRescue-GUI on legacy Macs, I decided to make yet another version. This version utilises the excellent MacPorts (https://www.macports.org/) package manager to bring DDRescue-GUI to Mac OS X 10.5 (PowerPC) and re-add support for Mac OS X 10.6 (32-bit Intel)!
It is currently available to purchase here, and read on for more details.
Aside: The wonderful iBook G4
Partially I did this for the challenge, seeing as I was given an iBook G4 by a very generous friend, but I was also excited to make something useful with it. This iBook G4 is a beautiful (and beautifully designed) 18-year-old piece of hardware that, while old, can still be useful in 2022, which is especially impressive. I will be making some content about it soon, so stay tuned. Now back to DDRescue-GUI:
Support for other versions of Mac OS X
I haven’t supported Mac OS X 10.6 since 2017, so I’m very happy to have found a way to support this old but excellent version of Mac OS X. Furthermore, I have *never* supported PowerPC until this point, but I am pleased to report that DDRescue-GUI runs excellently on that platform, too. Support for the following platforms will also be added pending testing:
- Mac OS X 10.6 (64-bit Intel)
- Mac OS X 10.7
- Mac OS X 10.8
- Mac OS X 10.9
UPDATE: These platforms have all been tested to work now.
Missing feature: Output file mounting
This is just a quick note to say that output file mounting is currently unavailable, due to an incompatibility with these old platforms. I hope to add it back soon in an update.
I am excited to have released support for an entirely new platform, and to bring you some fresh new content in the near future. Support for Windows XP via Cygwin may also be added in the future. If you wish to buy the legacy Mac version of DDRescue-GUI, you can do so from here.