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[2]: My experience
by lancealot on Fri 20th Dec 2013 04:35 UTC in reply to "RE: My experience"
lancealot
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Djamé-

I have the exact same system as the demo you linked to and tested on the latest MorphOS 3.4. The same thing that happened to him in the video happened to me when I opened a lot of OWB windows. The issue as it said in the comments is because opening multiple OWB windows uses more video ram, and once all the video RAM is gone, the system slows down. To avoid this with OWB, instead of opening multiple windows, I opened multiple tabs inside of OWB. When I did this I didn't have the same issue where it exhausted all the video ram.

So yes, I guess even with the latest version if you exhaust all the video RAM, MorphOS is not as smooth as Mac OS X. Then again there are not many applications that use that much video RAM, and OWB would probably be one of the heaviest ones, and opening multiple windows is not something you would normally do versus opening up tabs in OWB. So the test does expose a weakness, but not run I would normally run into without going out of my way to find an instance to exhaust all the video memory. I didn't even know about this until the video showed me how to exhaust all the video memory.

Regardless if you have video memory then everything is fast, and this thing boots up in 5-10 seconds (BIOS takes up half the boot time easily).

Hey, can you tell us how this version of morphos stands compared to os x ? According to that video, as soon as there're too many open windows, the os starts to be slow and unresponsive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvmWIqqRR-g

Djamé

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