Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Oct 2009 21:59 UTC, submitted by SaschaW
Morphos I barely finished and published my MorphOS 2.3 review for OSNews, and here we have the release of MorphOS 2.4. The biggest improvement, if you could call it that, is the one thing a lot of people have been waiting for: MorphOS 2.4 includes support for the entire range of PowerPC G4 Mac Mini computers from Apple.
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Just the Mini's?
by callinyouin on Mon 12th Oct 2009 23:02 UTC
callinyouin
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2008-12-15

Does anyone have any idea why other G4 machines won't work? Would it be the specific type of chipset, video card, etc., contained on those machines and a general lack of drivers for other (iMac, eMac, etc.) hardware? Just wondering, because I happen to still own an old eMac G4.

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RE: Just the Mini's?
by poundsmack on Mon 12th Oct 2009 23:06 in reply to "Just the Mini's?"
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2005-07-13

well when building an OS for a platform you need to have al the equiptment to write teh drivers. since there were MANY releases of teh G4 power mac's and a decent amount for teh eMac's it would require teh devs to have to suport more hardware configs. this poses an issue when there aren't that many devs or much time. also mini's are cheaper and easier to get ahold of. it all comes down to time to market and marketing towards your target audience.

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RE[2]: Just the Mini's?
by madcrow on Tue 13th Oct 2009 00:16 in reply to "RE: Just the Mini's?"
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2006-03-13

That's true. But there are plenty of things with similar identical to the G4 mini hardware, including many "mid period" laptops and the second and third generation eMacs. It will be interesting to hear how peoples experiments with various configurations work out.

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RE[2]: Just the Mini's?
by Luposian on Tue 13th Oct 2009 06:03 in reply to "RE: Just the Mini's?"
Luposian Member since:
2005-07-27

also mini's are cheaper and easier to get ahold of. it all comes down to time to market and marketing towards your target audience.


About 1 month ago, I did a Buy It Now on eBay for a 733MHz G4 QuickSilver with 1Gb RAM and GeForce2MX video card... $70 (incl. shipping). Oh, wow... how horribly EXPENSIVE! Totally broke the bank buying it! How will I ever afford to buy food now!

I never saw a G4 Mini going that cheap.

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RE: Just the Mini's?
by -ujb- on Mon 12th Oct 2009 23:12 in reply to "Just the Mini's?"
-ujb- Member since:
2005-10-21

All nvidia gfx are a major prob. But other Powermacs with ATI gfx may (sic!) get supported later on. There was an exerimental port to a powerbook shown. But this is nothing to be expected anytime soon.
Better enjoy the Mini *now*.

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