Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 19th May 2003 17:32 UTC
Morphos Genesi was very kind to send us in a fully featured Pegasos-based computer with MorphOS and Debian pre-installed. Here is our review with a number of screenshots of the supported OSes. Update: That machine has now being donated to the Computer History Museum in the Bay Area.
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MorphOS is Actually a Special Case
by Daniel Miller on Tue 20th May 2003 00:13 UTC

I think the reviewer was a bit hard on MorphOS and didn't consider that it is something of a special case to run binaries originally written for another processor. No-one has ever done that before, not like this. MorphOS runs these 68K programs native, which sounds like an oxymoron until you consider the nature of the old Amiga OS on which MorphOS is modeled. On the Amiga programs were executed through libraries and function calls, which have been recreated in PPC code for MorphOS (there is necessarily a limited amount of emulation at the core of the execution, but MorphOS is not an emulator).

The net effect of this is that the 68K programs run at incredible speed that could never be matched by any emulator on remotely comparable hardware (maybe a 4 gHz Pentium 4 could run UAE and beat MorphOS, I don't know, I would like to see it). Or in some cases they don't run at all, and yes, certain programs crash MorphOS. So don't run them! It reminds me of the joke where the guy goes to see the doctor "hey Doc, every time I do <insert dumb action> it hurts like crazy" and the doctor says "well, stop doing that!"

I can understand where a brand new MorphOS user might put in a CD of Amiga programs and be frustrated because several of them won't run. Maybe this happened to Eugenia. There needs to be a shakeout period where the user gets the hang of things and realizes the sorts of old software that won't run and makes more use of the new software from the developers Genesi is nurturing.