Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Nov 2006 12:42 UTC, submitted by Michal Bergseth
Morphos The MorphOS Team is pleased to announce that the next public release of MorphOS will support the EFIKA. MorphOS is a lightweight and flexible operating system and EFIKA is a low-power and silent miniature mainboard based on the Freescale PPC5200.
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RE[2]: Efika
by racs on Tue 28th Nov 2006 18:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Efika"
racs
Member since:
2006-05-14

exactly, this is not a bad price at all in the ppc world.
I agree, even if this mobo is severely underpowered for desktop use.

Amiga OS 4?
Not for this hardware, that seems fairly sure.

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RE[3]: Efika
by brewmastre on Tue 28th Nov 2006 19:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Efika"
brewmastre Member since:
2006-08-01

"I agree, even if this mobo is severely underpowered for desktop use."

If the OS is streamlined and efficient enough, it could make one hell of a desktop system. The PPC architecture is very powerful even at lower speeds. I agree though, $199 is a great price.

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RE[3]: Efika
by aliquis on Wed 29th Nov 2006 03:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Efika"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

"I agree, even if this mobo is severely underpowered for desktop use."

What? With an Amiga OS 3.x like operating system? It's 84 times faster cpu than my real amiga, got 13 times as much ram. How is that underpowered?

It would also rock as webserver, 1 watt for the systemchip/processor.

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RE[3]: Efika
by Raffaele on Wed 29th Nov 2006 05:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Efika"
Raffaele Member since:
2005-11-12

@ racs who wrote:

>I agree, even if this mobo is severely underpowered for desktop use.

Are you kidding pal?

Actually 400 MHz on a PPC mobo it still allows any usage.

Take a look at this german Linux based PVR machine, the dreambox:

http://www.dream-multimedia-tv.de/

It has been based for years on a simple PPC clocked at only 250 MHz.




P.S.:

These news forgot to mention that Genesi reached also a cooperation agreement with XGI graphic card manufacturer, which will release all datasheets to realize driver for MorphOS, Linux and any other OSes which still runs on Pegasos, and that next generation of Efika the Efika2, it will embed an onboard XGI graphic chip.


P.S. again:

2 weeks Ago I signalled to OSNews the infos about the public release of the new MorphOS browser called "Sputnik browser" based on KHTML engine.

Unfortunately none of the OSNews Staff noticed the news!


P.S. third:

MorphOS v1.5 will run on Efika according to Genesi words, this will also mean that the long awaited update of this beautiful OS sure will be available in a brief amount of time for Pegasos platforms also.

A superbundle CD full of licensed programs will also be available with MorphOS 1.5.

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RE[4]: Efika
by racs on Wed 29th Nov 2006 13:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Efika"
racs Member since:
2006-05-14

Are you kidding pal?
No, I am not. If you want to do anything else than running MorphOS by its own only, you will find out how slow a 400MHz embedded processor would be.
Have you tried to play DVD on this processor? Not to mention using something like using Blender3D or GIMP.
Well, this HW is certainly enough for a not-really-crowded web server, firewall, or probably for some kiosk, but nothing more. Or at least my definition of "usable desktop" is not matching with it.

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