Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2008 14:27 UTC, submitted by -ujb-
Morphos A video of MorphOS 2.0 booting on a Mac Mini [.mpeg] (PPC, of course) has appeared, indicating that MorphOS 2.0 might support Apple's Mac Mini. MorphOS developer Harry Sintonen says: "The port is real and 'official'. However, it is unlikely that any Mac version would make it to the first MOS 2.0 batch: Pegasos I, Pegasos II, and Efika come first. This Mac port is not ready either, so hold your horses."
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RE[2]: Hobby OSes
by Clinton on Wed 16th Jan 2008 20:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Hobby OSes"
Clinton
Member since:
2005-07-05

I know who makes it, but I apologize if you don't consider it a hobby OS. I viewed BeOS as a hobby OS too. That is my fault, I'm sure.

I consider it a hobby OS because it seems more bent on the nostalgia of ages past than on providing things for the future. If Amiga had survived, I'm sure their interface would have changed by now. What was groundbreaking back in the 80s just isn't anymore.

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RE[3]: Hobby OSes
by paws on Wed 16th Jan 2008 20:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Hobby OSes"
paws Member since:
2007-05-28

I'd much rather have the future of desktop operating systems based on any of the big 'hobby' operating systems, either the "out of date" (BeOS or Amiga OS) or their succesors (MorphOS, AROS, Haiku) than GNOME/KDE+free UNIX, OS X or Windows Vista. If only because of resource usage... But I'm quite sure if you start digging, the underdogs all have their design advantages over the big guns, who really only seem to distinguish themselves by what are in my mind 'redundant' or easily imitable features (more advanced graphics, for instance). But there are things in BeOS or Amiga OS that you don't just add run out and to something like OS X with its huge installed base and millions of lines of written code that people are making money off now..

Edited 2008-01-16 21:03 UTC

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RE[4]: Hobby OSes
by Clinton on Thu 17th Jan 2008 17:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Hobby OSes"
Clinton Member since:
2005-07-05

I used to use an Amiga, and I thought they were great. I also was registered as a BeOS Developer and used it quite a bit in the late 90s. Both had great technology in them, to be sure, but what was great in the 80s and 90s, just isn't all that special today.

You do bring up a good point though...

I know there is a segment of the market that would love to run an OS on older machines. I have about five Pentium III machines sitting around that can't run Windows XP or Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSuSE that may benefit from something like MorphOS or BeOS. However, the Mac Mini just isn't one of those machines; yet. I run Leopard on my 1st generation Mac Mini, and it runs just fine.

Because of that fact, I fail to see the importance, yet, of running MorphOS on a Mac Mini. Why install an OS that doesn't do as much as the OS the Mac Mini came with?

In my opinion, a replacement OS should do at least something better than the OS you're replacing, whether that be run faster on old hardware, or some new feature that nobody else has, or simply doing some important task better or faster. If a replacement OS can't offer any of that, what's the point; other than hobbyist interest?

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