Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2007 14:20 UTC
Morphos The Efika motherboard is now available for the promised pricetag of USD 99. On top of that, MorphOS 1.5 2.0 is apparently on its way, and it will support hardware accelerated transparent windows, among other things. Screenshots and pictures can be found at MorphZone. As promised, MorphOS 2.0 will run on the Efika.
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Price is right but...
by biffuz on Mon 21st May 2007 15:52 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

Now the question is: does it make sense to spend $375 for a 400 MHz desktop computer nowadays?
Don't get me wrong: the price is right for a little, custom piece of hardware built in only some hundreds. Nobody will care to sell something like that for less. But I think the time for 400 MHz processors on the desktop is gone. If you look at the chip specs, you'll see it is clearly geared toward embedded and automotive market (I2C, CAN, etc.). It supports ATA, DDR and PCI just because they're so widely used and cheap, they also are in our cars.

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RE: Price is right but...
by Kroc on Mon 21st May 2007 16:03 in reply to "Price is right but..."
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2005-11-10

You are comparing 400MHz, with Windows. This is inherently wrong, and stupid. You should be comparing 400MHz, with AmigaOS and MorphOS, which run blazingly fast on 400MHz. If you think this is overpriced for a low-run, independent, niche system, you're clearly not a user of these kinds of OS/hardware.

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RE[2]: Price is right but...
by alcibiades on Mon 21st May 2007 17:17 in reply to "RE: Price is right but..."
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2005-10-12

And if he could run either one on an old 500mhz P3, say a Deskpro, which he can buy for around $30-50, he might be interested....

That's what he's saying.

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RE[2]: Price is right but...
by biffuz on Mon 21st May 2007 19:52 in reply to "RE: Price is right but..."
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

I'm not comparing it with Windows, I'm comparing it with the rest of the world. I'm comparing it with PCs where you can do video editing with your digital camcorder, photo editing with your 8MP camera, watch DVDs, make video calls over the net, play 3D MMORPGs on wide screens. You know, things that people do in 2007.
Many of them also do that on a mobile way.

And please read posts carefully before replying; look at what I said about the price.

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RE[2]: Price is right but...
by dagw on Mon 21st May 2007 21:15 in reply to "RE: Price is right but..."
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

So what can it do on the processor? I'd like to note that I'm very well aware of what AmigaOS could do in the past with very little resources, but what can MorphOS do? Can it play HD video? Or edit it? Can it edit SD video, with real time effects? What about editing large images? Or is it simply a web surfing and word processing platform. Basically I can't find anything about what MorphOS can do beyond the very basics.

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