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

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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From what I can tell, it seems like MorphOS only runs on discontinued Apple products, and discontinued Gensi products.

Taking my personal feelings and previous comments and put them aside, and looking at this objectively; this just doesn't bode well.

Were I on the MorphOS team I would be lobbying heavily to make the OS portable so it can run on x86 and/or ARM. Running MorphOS on a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone is much more attractive than running on legacy hardware.

Yes that is correct, it runs on discontinued Apple products because it needs a PPC CPU to run and be fully compatible with many old Amiga programs. The Mac Mini G4 I have was discontinued in 2006. Development started on MorphOS back in like 2000, and continued while there was still a chance of PPC going somewhere. They originally wanted to make it for old PPC boards for Amiga's and custom PPC products like Genesi. Of course we know how that whole PPC story turned out.

I think going into recent times they realized it is too much work to port to X86. Even if they did, would anyone really use it with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux being available? I personally think it would be a waste of time for them to do a full port of the current MorphOS codebase to X86. Instead I think they decided to continue PPC support since the OS was engineered for PPC, and it continues to appease the current Amiga and PPC Mac fans.

If they wanted to develop an MorphOS X86 like experience with limited amount of time, they should just make a really good MorhpOS Linux distribution. Basically they could make a windows manager that runs on Linux, but incorporates an MorhpOS look (MUI) and feel, and totally integrates UAE (so it runs seamless). The GUI would look and feel just like MorphOS, but could run all the Linux applications plus the old Amiga/MorphOS apps using emulation. Both applications (linux and uae) would run in GUI windows that look and behave exactly the same (like what VMware Fusion does on Mac OS X with virtual machines). So it would be a seamless environment where Linux and Amiga/MorphOS apps run side by side. That is the realistic direction I think MorphOS or AmigaOS should take if they want to make it to X86 using the least amount of resources and time, and have a chance at a decent userbase. The closest thing to this type of setup was Mac OS X Snow Leopard, when it ran new X86 apps, plus ran the old Mac OS X PPC applications seamless. Actually I still use Snow Leopard and still think it is the best Mac OS X OS for the desktop. Most every OS after Snow Leopard was more to look and behave like iOS, and support power saving features.

Another possible direction if they wanted something more unique then using Linux, would be to use DragonFly BSD as the base for the next OS, since it is actually developed by a old Amiga user. DragonFly BSD with a good MorphOS or Amiga based windows manager would be fun to use.

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