The following links inside Apple's support area reveal great trivia on the more modern Macs and the software that arrived with them.
Mac OS: Versions, builds included with Intel-based Macs — Now that the PPC has been replaces across the entire Apple product line, it's tie to start paying attention to Intel Mac OS versions.
Mac OS: Versions, builds included with computers (since 1998) — Discover which version of Mac OS came with any particular PPC machine, from the B&W G3 on.
Mac OS 8 and 9: Compatibility with Macintosh computers — What vintage Mac OS works on which vintage Mac... from 8.0 to 9.2.2 and going back all the way to the Centris and Quadra.
Mac OS X: About This Mac "Build" Information — Ever wonder what version of Mac OS X is lurking under the psuedonym of 6C115, or perhaps 7B85?
Macintosh: Some Computers Only Start Up in Mac OS X — The few, the proud, the Quark assault team *.
Power Mac G4: How to Differentiate Between Models — Part 1 starts wiith the PCI Graphics model, and follows with AGP Graphics and Gigabit Ethernet, completing this paper with the Digital Audio model.
Power Mac G4: How to Differentiate Between Models — Part 2 covers both Quicksilver models, both Mirrored Drive Doors models, and the FW 800 model stuck between the later two.
* Rumors abound that Apple's move to stop Mac OS 9 booting on a series of Macs was the play of a grand hand of poker with Quark. The story goes that Quark wasn't moving to create a Mac OS X version of Quark XPress because their (large) customer base could just run under Mac OS 9 – booted 9, not Classic mode. It was quite coincidental that shortly after Quark released XPress 6 for Mac OS X that Apple announced that new Macs would again be able to boot Mac OS 9.
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