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[3]: Efika
by Raffaele on Wed 29th Nov 2006 05:01 UTC 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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RE[5]: Efika
by Raffaele on Wed 29th Nov 2006 15:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Efika"
Raffaele Member since:
2005-11-12

@ racs who wrote:

>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.


Currently I am navigating with a 200 MHz Pentium and it performs its work flawlessly.

I saw at friend's home an Amiga 4000 in action with PPC 601 (or was it 603???) and I used it twice for myself. It was clocked at 200 MHz, and it is still productive for writing and navigating internet...

I also have a 600 MHz Pegasos G3 and it works flawlessly, and it reads DVDs also.

I rember also that in my previous post I had shown you the evidence of that Linux based PVR device which had as processor one PPC CPU clocked at only 250 MHz and works flawlessly in decoding satellite TV data stream, and record it at same time on HD in MPEG2 video format.

This new card Efika clocked at 400 MHz sure it is placed in a middle regarding all these four previous systems. And I think it could be used for daily usage.


>Have you tried to play DVD on this processor?


No, i have not tried it, but I expect a performance at least with some dignity as PPC 5200B connects directly with memory bus and and HD-DATA bus without the bottlenecks due to external chipset such as Articia and/or Marvell.

Hope also that we could soon see demo videos with Efika in action, so we could solve his clue about DVD playing speed and if Efika at 400 MHz it is enough or not.


> Not to mention using something like using Blender3D or GIMP.


None said Efika was useful for these features (i.e. brutal speed, speed and more speed to enhance calculations).

Efika it is aimed at developers of programs, quite normal users, second computer at home, embedded devices, and for example performing things like acting as server for entire home-lan (and securing and monitoring all internet access), or due to its very very very low power consuming, it its good to stay always on-line.
Maybe it could run even DVDs. Who knows? ;-)

And perhaps... If you use it as a second computer at home, then Efika could be used to PILOTE computer with more horsepower (PPC G5, Pentium IV, Athlon 64bit, or Intel Core duo) thru VNC and realize 3D and 2D graphic rendering on-the-fly by remote.

There are plenty of environments in which Efika could emerge.


>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.


You just found 3 more environments in which Efika could emerge...

And finally if Efika at 400 Mhz it is too slow, then wait for new Efika2 and new S.o.C. PPC 5200B up to came out on the market and which were announced to be clocked at 500, 600, 800 and 1000 MHz.

Edited 2006-11-29 15:58

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