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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by BigBentheAussie on Mon 21st Dec 2009 06:45 UTC
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I believe it is clearly a matter of the size of the user base.

When does a cult become a religion?
When does a hobby OS become a professional OS?

The perception from the mainstream is what defines the term ***for the mainstream***.

A person inside the cult will consider it a religion to lend credence to his faith.
The mainstream religions will consider a smaller following a cult as they believe only their faith has any credence.
Where you sit and what your sensibilities are determines what you will apply the term to.

If something is a fringe religion someone in a mainstream religion might call it a cult. If something is a fringe OS someone using a mainstream OS might call it a hobby OS.

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