Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Dec 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I just stumbled upon an interesting forum thread over at The thread details whether or not AmigaOS and MorphOS should be called "hobby operating systems", and what kind of criteria should be applied. This sounded like an interesting point of discussion for OSNews.
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RE[2]: Interesting
by WorknMan on Sun 20th Dec 2009 23:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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The real measurement should be whether or not the OS is of interest for production work, no matter what the kind. It's harder to judge, sure, but if the OS is generally intended for and used for real work, as opposed to just for tinkering with the OS itself, then it's no longer a hobby OS.

Yes, I agree with this interpretation. When trying to determine whether an OS is a hobby OS or not, the real test is this - do you use it to do useful stuff outside of tinkering (browsing the web, sending/receiving email, gaming, etc), or do you just 'play' with it?

That being said, what is a hobby OS for some will not be for others. For example, in my case, Linux at home is a hobby OS, cuz I usually just install it to play around with it, whereas I get actual work done with Windows. That doesn't mean I *couldn't* do more with Linux at home... I just choose not to. By contrast, I actually use Unix/Linux to get real work done while at work, because the company I work for runs server apps on these operating systems that I need to interract with.

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