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The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 3.3, which includes various bug fixes and other improvements. For an overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.
A nice bugfix release for MorphOS users.
And I just got 3.2 installed the way I wanted it...
The lack of Airport support is the only thing that impedes me to replace OSX in my PowerBook G4.
MorphOS is a really nice and unique OS. I love so much its snappiness and lightweight feeling.
Not really unique, given it is an Amiga OS clone.
Yeah, and it's difficult for me to get excited about an OS that only runs on 7 year old PPC hardware and lacks modern software that most people expect. Until MOS and OS4 have modern office suites with STABLE and useful browsers, they're just OS's for door stops and boat anchors.....the lack of 3D support is also unacceptable....and lets not forget the abysmal printer support and USB support that is unstable at best.
I know, the Amiga lovers will see this as flame-bait and start acting irrational.....I don't care. Let them throw their tantrums.... Edited 2013-09-21 22:17 UTC
I love the Amiga, but for me an Amiga is a Commodore product, a marriage between soft- and hardware that runs Amiga software.
Running an Amiga look-a-like OS on an old Apple computer doesn't give me an Amiga feeling.
I'd rather spend my money on a real Amiga on eBay.
Yes, sadly cannot upvote. +1
I must admit your experience of MorphOS is very much at a variance to mine.
I find it a stable, lightweight bug free little thing that's a pleasure to use. Yes, it's missing a large Office suite, but I don't need one for a 'hobby' OS.
I think about this every time there is a MorphOS story. I used and developed for the Amiga back in the day, but I still have yet to hear a compelling reason why I should use MorphOS.
The most common I hear is how well it runs on resource limited hardware, but the list of that hardware is quite small. Most of it is years old and unsupported, and will become increasingly hard to replace.
We have had 40 some odd years of portable operating systems, and MorphOS is tied to a specific CPU architecture. Because I could at least see some argument if I could run this supposedly lithe OS on my desktop system.
No one has pointed to a compelling app that only runs on MorphOS, or how I can somehow be more productive.
So, MorphOS fans, I really want to know: Why should I use it? Why should I care?
And for bonus points: Please explain why their variable pricing structure is a good thing.
Its amazing that AmigaOs and MorphOs remain businesses. How many copies do they sell? 10,000? Meanwhile Blackbery sold 3.7 million units and is all but done for.
I just wish theyd get their heads out of their ass and support multiple architectures. Edited 2013-09-22 08:51 UTC
It is unfortunate that the decline of the Amiga has lead to a divisive approach for sustained development of the OS with AmigaOS, MorphOS, and AROS. None of them is large enough to be able to keep up with hardware developments.
This still provides a second-life for a number of older Apple hardware no longer supported by Apple. Interestingly, there are quite a number of Linux distributions specializing in the older X86 hardware not powerful enough to run the last/second last generation of Windows.
Interesting story about making a living patching PDP-8s in the 90s. They were likely kept alive because they were used for some specialized analytical instruments or in a process control function. Upgrading the hardware would have required upgrading the interfaces which may not be possible due to lack of documentation or may have carried a huge business or equipment risk.
By the way, BlackBerry now has (or soon will have) just ~5,000 employees. This changes the equation even more.
From their website: "The prices are 111.11 EUR for one PowerBook G4 system, iBook G4 or Power Mac G5, 79 EUR for one eMac, Mac mini G4, Pegasos I, Pegasos II or PowerMac G4, and 49 EUR for one EfikaPPC system"
But you're sort of right - why the hell did I buy an old G4, upgraded it with hard to come by parts and install some obscure overpriced OS developed by three guys and a cat?
Well, it is of course a different scenario if one has to purchase the hardware to run it.
On the other hand, if one has one of these older systems gathering dust in a closet (the result of Apple's planned obsolescence approach) and has some Amiga software really wished to be used again, then this make it happen.
Finally, if one wishes to develop applications for this platform, the start-up cost for the hardware would be easier to swallow. Whether one could hope of making lots of money with this platform is another story all together. There is certainly an Amiga fan base still loyal to it.
MorphOS is for people who want to use updated amigaos-compatible operating system on ~50 x faster machines. Nothing less, nothing more. Just like Symbos on MSX2 or updated CP/M for Z80 machines.
I am not saying you are wrong, and as I said before, more power to anyone who wants to use it.
You argument seems to be (and correct me if I am wrong) that people use it as essentially a novelty. I get that, I really do, but what I am saying is that $150 is pretty expensive for a novelty.