Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Oct 2009 16:28 UTC
Morphos Not too long ago we published a review of AmigaOS 4.1, which made some readers argue we should take a look at MorphOS as well. However, nobody currently makes any MorphOS compatible hardware, so I had nowhere to go and beg. Luckily, OSNews reader AmigaRobbo generously offered to loan me his EFIKA machine, with MorphOS installed. I took a look at MorphOS, and found a very quick and efficient operating system - which was sadly held back by the limitations of the EFIKA.
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History of MorphOS
by Nicholas Blachford on Sat 10th Oct 2009 02:04 UTC
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I don't know the exact history of MorphOS but I do know you got it all wrong!

It all started back when Amiga Technologies owned the Amiga. They planned a switch to PowerPC back in 1996, the development would have been farmed out to a company called Phase5 who made Amiga accelerators.

This all fell apart when AT's parent company crashed but Phase5 went on to produce PowerPC accelerator cards for the Amiga. This is where PowerUP came from.

Eventually as the Amiga market went into terminal decline Phase5 also crashed. Out of this was born a new company called bplan - who went on to produce the Pegasos and later, the Efika.

The aim of the Pegasos and MorphOS was effectively to create a completely new Amiga, both hardware and OS. At the time Amiga inc. were doing nothing with the Amiga. It was only after Amiga inc. got wind of MorphOS and they started up the OS4/Amiga One project both outsourced to external companies for development.

It was bplan who developed the Pegasos and to a degree MorphOS. MorphOS is owned by the developers so it's never really been a true commercial OS, the development model is much more like an open source OS ...except it's not open source.

The Pegasos and MorphOS were sold by Thendic-France (I worked for Thendic France) and later Genesi.

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