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Well, as a UNIX geek, I really hate to node Mac stuff, but Mac OS version 8.1 was an improvement over Mac OS 8. It adds better PowerPC optimization (but not nearly as much as Mac OS 8.5 and 8.6 did) and a better filesystem called HFS+.

It will run on any 68040 or PowerPC Mac with 16MB or more of RAM and a 32-bit clean ROM (the first Mac with a 32-bit clean ROM was the 68030-based Mac IIci). It is a free upgrade from 8.0 available at Apple's FTP site.

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