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Is there a way to upgrade from OS 8.0 with any free downloads from Apple? Is 8.1 now free? How about 8.2, etc.? Is anything over 8.0 (for free) any better?
 

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You'll want to get the free 8.1 update as recommended by Chealion. 8.1 supports HFS+ but 8.0 does not.

8.1 is great for all those older machines pre G3. It will work with 68040 processor machines or Power PC machines. For Quadras and Nubus based PPC computers, this is probably the best OS.

For PCI based PowerMacs you'll probably want at least OS 8.6 since you can then run USB and Firewire peripherals via the appropriate PCI cards.
 
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