Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Nov 2009 19:37 UTC, submitted by -ujb-
Morphos The MorphOS team seems to be on a roll. Recently, they added support for the PowerPC G4 Mac mini models from Apple, meaning it suddenly became a lot easier to get your hands on a computer capable of running MorphOS. As expected, the team has now announced that a release with PowerMac G4 support is coming as well.
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SuperDaveOsbourne
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2007-06-24

I'm perplexed... Old hardware, had for 50-100 minimum, and likely 200+ for good G4 hardware (maybe donated if you are lucky). Then spend 200+ on an operating system for said worthless hardware? Its a bit hard for me to comprehend getting anything done but wishing upon a star about something that is justified post purchase only because it cost so much and not based on performance and getting-the-job-done (whatever that could be on a PPC pokey box).

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

...and you'r reading OSNews why, exactly?

That's like complaining on a classic car forum about why they don't buy new ones.

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the_randymon Member since:
2005-07-06

I concur - I'm still using a laptop I bought in 2000. It's a 550Mhz PIII with 128M RAM. I'm obviously not using for video editing or itunes, but for what I do (web, writing, photo editing) it's as good today as it was when I bought it. Old hardware is sometimes good enough, and think about the money I've saved by not buying a new computer every year ... Way to go Morphos. I've got an old Mac I might give it a try on, who knows, it might be fun.

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Android Fan Member since:
2005-08-20

"Then spend 200+ on an operating system for said worthless hardware? Its a bit hard for me to comprehend getting anything done but wishing upon a star about something that is justified post purchase only because it cost so much and not based on performance and getting-the-job-done (whatever that could be on a PPC pokey box)."

SuperDaveOsbourne, it's not about the age of the hardware as long as the hardware is in nice condition and working well, and Macs are known for that, aren't they? I guess there are people who change out their computer for the latest every two years, and for them yeah a four or six year old computer would be "ancient," although it seems crazy to me to use such a term with the length of time here.

Lastly, if by "PPC pokey box" you mean "slow" you just haven't tried MorphOS. It's the embodiment of quick and responsive, and that goes for older hardware too. For those used to needing a power-hungry processor with a load of CPU force to get any responsiveness out of Linux, Windows, or OS X, the use of MorphOS will be a wholly different experience.

This is not to say MorphOS doesn't need improvement. It needs more stability. It needs continued development (which is occurring) of the OWB browser to do more modern stuff. I think it could use a greater range of included apps "out of the box" from the installation media.

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rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

//Lastly, if by "PPC pokey box" you mean "slow" you just haven't tried MorphOS. It's the embodiment of quick and responsive, and that goes for older hardware too. For those used to needing a power-hungry processor with a load of CPU force to get any responsiveness out of Linux, Windows, or OS X, the use of MorphOS will be a wholly different experience. //

Er, duh! That's because they won't have any apps to run worth a damn.

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cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

Ah, but what if you have one of those boxes, and don't like it being a glorified paperweight? I Mean OS X was good on them, but it's like trying to run Win98 and use new software...it just gets annoying. I'm not up for spending the money, ATM, but it seems pretty nice.

If someone is willing to spend the money, I don't see anything wrong with it-. It's not an OS you can get for any old cheap computer (only specific old cheap computers ;) ), and someone wanting to be paid for their time and effort is hardly a bad thing.

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