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The Official SheepShaver Web Site

Last updated: 31.Mar.2001

By the people who brought you Turrican II PC and ShapeShifter.

Frequently Asked Questions
Current Status
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SheepShaver In The News

News (31.Mar.2001)

  • SheepShaver V2.1 for BeOS is now available as a free download.
  • This project is going Open Source soon. It will probably be merged with the Basilisk II Macintosh emulator.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SheepShaver?

SheepShaver is a
MacOS run-time environment for BeOS developed by Christian Bauer and Marc Hellwig. SheepShaver allows users of PowerPC-based BeOS systems to run MacOS applications at native speed inside the BeOS multitasking environment. This means that both BeOS and MacOS applications can run at the same time and data can be exchanged between them.

Is it a MacOS replacement?

No. SheepShaver doesn't emulate or replace the MacOS. It allows MacOS (and thus MacOS applications) to run under BeOS. This means that you need a copy of MacOS to use SheepShaver.

Will MacOS x.y run? Will application FooBar run?

SheepShaver runs with MacOS 7.5.2, 7.5.3, 7.5.5, 7.6, 7.6.1, 8.0, 8.1, 8.5 and 8.6, and with any (bug-free) Mac application that doesn't access Mac hardware directly. It has not been tested with MacOS 9.x.

Can I run other Mac operating systems like MacOS X or Linux with SheepShaver?

No, only MacOS 7.x/8.x. You can, however, run emulators like RealPC under SheepShaver.

On which systems does it run?

SheepShaver should run on any BeOS/Linux-ready PowerPC system (including BeBoxen and PowerPC Amigas). It does not run on Intel machines because MacOS and PowerPC Mac applications run natively under SheepShaver (there's no slow CPU emulation involved) SheepShaver/BeOS requires BeOS/PPC R4. SheepShaver/Linux will require at least glibc 2.0, GTK 1.2, and a 2.2.x kernel.

How fast is it?

When running in full-screen mode there is no difference in speed compared to running MacOS without SheepShaver.

Current Status (31.Mar.2001)

SheepShaver for BeOS

SheepShaver V2.1 is available as a free download. It requires BeOS/PPC R4.

What's new in SheepShaver V2.1:

  • Support for MacOS 8.5 and 8.6
  • Support for NewWorld ROMs
  • It's possible to select which video modes are to be used by MacOS
  • SheepShaver will not use up all CPU time when "nothing" is running
  • More stable networking
  • 16 and 32 bit window modes

A PowerMac ROM grabbing utility for all BeBox owners can be downloaded here.

SheepShaver for Linux/PPC

SheepShaver/Linux is currently in beta. While you're waiting for it to be released you can have a look at this screen shot.

Screen Shots

SheepShaver running under BeOS:

SheepShaver running under Linux:

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SheepShaver In The News

  • A review of SheepShaver V1.1 appeared on 32BitsOnline.
  • The Be Line classified SheepShaver V1.1 as a noteworthy download.
  • The Register has this to say about the upcoming Linux version.

SheepShaver Links

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