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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RE: Port to live hardware?
by jal_ on Tue 13th Oct 2009 08:31 UTC in reply to "Port to live hardware?"
jal_
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2006-11-02

I would agree with others in the previous posting that a cortex a8 system would be a good choice. Biggest issue there being 3d drivers, unfortunately.


Cortext is ARM, Mac Mini is PPC. Do you really thing the 3d drivers would be the biggest issue??

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RE[2]: Port to live hardware?
by bnolsen on Sat 17th Oct 2009 08:04 in reply to "RE: Port to live hardware?"
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2006-01-06

I guess I've been spoiled by systems like linux and bsd where porting isn't really much of an issue. Supporting non documented hardware has always been the issue for these.

I'm guessing that you're implying that morphos isn't very portable? If that's true then I would suggest they MUST perform this port to clean up any bad internal code.

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RE[3]: Port to live hardware?
by jal_ on Sat 17th Oct 2009 08:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Port to live hardware?"
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2006-11-02

I'm guessing that you're implying that morphos isn't very portable? If that's true then I would suggest they MUST perform this port to clean up any bad internal code.


I'm guessing as well, but in general, if you do not write an OS with portability in mind, it is difficult to port it afterwards. That's not to say that the code is "bad" somehow. It may be code that's beautifully tailored to the specifics of the PPC platform, but very difficult to port to ARM or Intel.

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RE[3]: Port to live hardware?
by Fool on Sat 17th Oct 2009 13:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Port to live hardware?"
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2009-10-17

It's about more than just the OS, MorphOS currently runs legacy Amiga m68k and PPC applications, recompiling the OS for ARM or x86 will not magically maintain compatibility with those.

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