Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 00:11 UTC
Morphos

The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 3.4, which introduces faster R300 graphics drivers, improved video playback on G5-based systems, support for non-native display resolutions on various PowerBooks, screen blanker password protection, and numerous bug fixes and other improvements. For an overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.

Some serious improvements in there. Their market is probably small, but they release new versions at a relatively stable pace. One of the very few alternative operating systems that has managed to survive over the years where so many others fell.

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RE[3]: My experience
by Intuition on Thu 19th Dec 2013 16:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My experience"
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Would anyone running MorphOS be willing to re-run this experiment? The video was of version 2.0 of the OS, and I am curious if it is still true. At the very least one would hope that it has been fixed.

The problem, it seems, is that MorphOS wasn't managing video memory well. Which means it would run a few windows well, but as you added them, it was thrashing trying to manage a precious resource.

There are a number of reasons I don't use MorphOS. The biggest three are the lack of a reason to (aside from novelty), fact that I don't run any hardware it can run on, and the cost.

More to the point the biggest advantage I hear to MorphOS is that is is fast and lean. But in looking at this demo, it is clear that MorphOS boots faster, but once it has the performance seems to be on par for real world tasks.


I'll try to find some time over the weekend to recreate it.

I have a PowerBook G4 5,8 with a 128MB Radeon 9700 Pro, a PowerMac G5 7,3 with 256MB Radeon 9650 Pro (I have a 9800 somewhere but not sure exactly where it is in my mancave) and a Pegasos II G4 with a 128MB Radeon 9250.

I'll do it on at least one of them, maybe all of them if my wife gives me time off from slavery^H^H^H^H^H real life. ;)

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