Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Nov 2006 12:42 UTC, submitted by Michal Bergseth
Morphos The MorphOS Team is pleased to announce that the next public release of MorphOS will support the EFIKA. MorphOS is a lightweight and flexible operating system and EFIKA is a low-power and silent miniature mainboard based on the Freescale PPC5200.
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by mbpark on Wed 29th Nov 2006 02:15 UTC
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I've used MorphOS.

It's as close as you can get to OS4 without spending $1000+ for an AmigaOne, if you can find one for sale. Actually, you can get OS4Emu for it, which can run some OS4 programs ;) . Their browser, Sputnik, is the KHTML port that they've been working on for a while, and is also much better than what you can get with OS4.

For users who are upgrading from a hacked, towered, and decaying (those components have to fail sometime) Amiga 1200, 3000, or 4000 with a certain 233Mhz PPC accelerator card, this is a good machine. A 400Mhz PPC chip running MorphOS will be significantly faster than the Amiga it replaces. The 68K emulation is also pretty darn good in this OS.

This doesn't have the custom chips (the Jens Schoenfeld Clone-A project got turned down for the developer program), but MorphOS can run most Amiga programs that don't directly hit the chipset. I wouldn't run UAE on this and expect decent performance, however.

Considering that many of these machines will be replacing or complementing 68K or PPC Amigas, this is a really good choice for those users who want to run their old Amiga apps and have a decent web browser, which the Amiga platform has lacked for years.

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