Mac OS 8
|Mac OS 8|
|Common name||Mac OS 8|
|Also known as||Mac OS 7.7 (former name), Veronica, Tempo, Allegro|
|Human name(s)||Veronica Macintosh|
|First appearance||circa 2004-5|
|Height||148 cm (4'10") (OSC rendition)|
|Eye color||teal or blue|
|Faction||House of Mac|
|System personified||Mac OS 8.x|
|Debut||26 Jul 1997|
|Latest release||Mac OS 8.6 (10 May 1999)|
There are two similar Mac OS8-tan designs, one of which is an older version of the other; which depiction is used depends on the continuity.
Mac OS8-tan was originally a character occasionally seen at Futaba Channel. Better known as Tempo-tan, she was depicted as a young, timid-looking, but otherwise cheerful little girl with a bomb-shaped diaper and a hat in the shape of the the rainbow Apple logo of the classic Macintosh (including a white patch to simulate the bite mark. She was rarely seen, and pictures of this version are only available at an old archive specializing in the Mac OS girls, located at http://evo7gt-a.hp.infoseek.co.jp/osmac/.
Before System 7.5-tan was drawn and became part of Futaba continuity, she was the oldest Mac-tan chronologically; yet physically she is the youngest, and Mac OS9-tan is seen as her caregiver.
The Mac OS8-tan depicted in the avatar and icon is based on the character design drawn by OSC artists. This version depicts Tempo-tan as older, more outgoing, and slightly war-torn (after the market competition wars with Microsoft in the mid-to-late 1990's), but with the same cheerful disposition as her younger self. The beret she wears, as well as her proficiency in bomb-wielding, is also a throwback to the younger version. She often accompanies Mac-tan/Mac OSX-tan on the daily sorties against perverts, particularly the Mac OSX-kuns.
History and Background
Mac OS8-tan was born during the worst of the OS Wars. She was originally named Mac OS 7.7-tan. Her creation was a result of neither Copland nor Taligent being adequate successors, so for another generation, the Classic Mac bloodline was extended as a last-resort measure. She was raised from the start to be a fighter during the thick of the OS Wars and was the Mac faction's last chance at survival and she was willing to risk her life for them.
Her main mission aside from defense, was to stop the Mac Clone-tans, and exile them from the remaining Apple territory.
Before her debut, she changed her name to Mac OS8-tan, as a parallel to the Mac clones of the 90's being forced to discontinue since the clones were only licensed to run Mac OS 7.x. Other actions of hers also contributed to the comeback the Mac-tans made starting in 1998 which paved the way for future successes.