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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Amiga needs x86 for survival
by mlankton on Sun 11th Oct 2009 17:32 UTC
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Both MorphOS and AmigaOS 4.x have a lot of interest, but only amongst ex-Amigans and OS nuts like us. Both of these systems have a set of pluses and minuses that make them both attractive and repelling. Where they are going to offer the end user something different from the pack is to concentrate on the positive aspects, like the lightning fast boot times and thrifty resource management. They both need to round out their application libraries.

In MorphOS' case, discontinued Apple hardware may get a hobbyist on board, but it is by no means a good model. Will they port to ARM? Does it matter? How big is the market for a desktop OS that runs on an exotic, embedded platform. Again, great for the enthusiasts, but no splash elsewhere. On top of that, while small form factor and passive cooling are nifty, such a machine makes a mediocre linux system compared to just about any x86 desktop.

I have had an overwhelming compulsion to run both OS'es for a long time, but I just can't get myself to plunk down that much money for a second hand Pegasos. Both of these operating systems would receive an immensely larger user AND developer audience if ported to x86. I'm not holding my breath for either to do so.

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