Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Oct 2009 22:22 UTC
Morphos As we all know, the MorphOS team recently released MorphOS 2.4, which added support for the PowerPC G4 version of Apple's Mac Mini. Even though this long-awaited 'feature' is a very welcome one, I personally think that of all the G4 Macs MorphOS could support, the Mini is the least interesting. As such, I want to find out if any other G4 Macs happen to be supported too - without us knowing about it.
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Open firmware is only PPC right?
by John Blink on Wed 14th Oct 2009 23:14 UTC
John Blink
Member since:
2005-10-11

Sorry off-topic, but I would like to know.

Open firmware is only found on PPC Macs. Is there something equivalent on the Intel Macs that I could access?

Thanks.

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bugjacobs Member since:
2009-01-03

I dont have any personal experience but from what I believe , a G4-ppc CPU based system is an absolute must ..

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Actually, OpenFirmware started at SUN. So it can be found in most SPARC desktop/servers, and quite a few IBM POWER systems. Besides the obvious Apple/PPC connection.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I'm not aware of any way to access the EFI on Intel Macs the way you could access Openfirmware on the ppc Macs. EFI is modular and a control interface need not be included if the OEM doesn't wish to, and I do not believe Apple included any type of EFI shell other than the boot device selector (hold down option key at boot-up, or C to boot from CD/DVD) . I really loved Openfirmware though, too bad there's no x86 systems that have it or another CLI-based boot firmware. Might be time for me to find a decently-priced Sparc workstation, I've always wanted one of those and that's where Openfirmware originated.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Might be time for me to find a decently-priced Sparc workstation, I've always wanted one of those and that's where Openfirmware originated.


This might interest you:

http://vfxweb.com/index.php?maincateg=18&subcateg=110&productid=115...

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