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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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.

I definitely agree that DragonflyBSD should be the basis for a next-gen Amiga! I've toyed with this OS a little bit and it definitely needs a lot more polishing before it's ready for desktop computing; it seems like a task that would take forever to accomplish unless a commercial software vendor took up the task. Porting the hosted version of AROS from FreeBSD to DragonFlyBSD should be straightforward, so there'd be a way to maintain compatibility with programs from the days of Amiga OS 3.1 and prior. DragonflyBSD has a lot of potential as an OS for servers and supercomputing, regardless of whether it is used for a next-gen Amiga.

Porting MorphOS to x86 seems like it'd be redundant with what AROS has already accomplished. MorphOS is the more advanced OS, but AROS has already achieved the goal of running Amiga software on x86 hardware.

IMHO, the best way ahead for the Amiga-PPC community is for Hyperion (Amiga OS4) and MorphOS to combine efforts under the banner of Amiga OS 5. Use MorphOS as the basis because of its advanced kernel (with better support for multi-processor and multi-core systems) and merge the two API's for compatibility with old software. Port the drivers for Amiga-PPC systems like x1000 and SAM over to the new OS. But I suspect personalities will get in the way of practical decisions for saving the Amiga-PPC platform.

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