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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 1st Dec 2009 11:04 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

I'm having a _nightmare_ trying to review MorphOS on the MacMini. The half an hour limit makes it a little annoying trying to use the OS itself to write the review, but I've found that the OS is a real struggle to use because of various UX rough edges. It's not that it's bad, it's that it could be easier, and that I'm realising that to get a lot out of this OS I need to invest a heavy amount of time getting to know the community and discovering the 'way things are done' when it comes to an Amiga OS system.

I'm wrought between writing it off as more effort than it is worth and finding the time to invest. Things are very busy at this time and I may have to come back to it later.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Android Fan on Tue 1st Dec 2009 17:13 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Android Fan Member since:
2005-08-20

"The half an hour limit makes it a little annoying trying to use the OS itself to write the review, but I've found that the OS is a real struggle to use because of various UX rough edges."

Kroc, I'm surprised to read this because I find MorphOS to be slick and polished. You should be able to write the review in its text editor "Ed." You should be able to set up shortcuts on the desktop to whatever apps you need. Yes, you will have to click in drawers like "Utilities" to find the apps for the first time. I guess you have installed it, and are not intending to review in LiveCD mode? I would not recommend basing a review of MorphOS on its LiveCD mode. Please keep going, want to read your review.

You can download IRC client Wookiechat and log onto irc.freenode.net's #morphos for help from the crew there, including several devs.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 1st Dec 2009 20:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

It’s harder for me than it seems; when you have an eye for UI, there’s many things that stick out as hurdles; and not just as the difference between being used to one system compared to another, but also as hurdles that don’t need to exist because one small change could be made here or there to iron out those kinks. I will be sure to document these in a review and file back reports to the MorphOS team.

The OS is very polished in many ways considering such small resources behind it, but it’s clear to me that this is designed by people who love what they are doing but are not necessarily designers, just good programmers. It is still not clear to me where the boundaries of heritage and Amiga tradition lie with MorphOS—I’ve never properly used Amiga OS before, only for playing some games in the 90’s. That is why I need to invest time speaking to the community and understanding the ethos that drives these people.

I could write some superficial trash that would piss a lot of people off like when I reviewed Opera 10; but for MorphOS I want to get my head inside this space and try to understand what this is all about.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by frood on Tue 1st Dec 2009 17:15 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
frood Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm sure the MorphOS team would shout you a review copy? It's in their best interests surely.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 1st Dec 2009 20:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I did contact them, but they did not follow through with my request. Since then I’ve left it for the moment as I’ve been so busy, but will have to chase them again. If I’m going to do this _properly_, then it’s vitally important that I can run the OS full time. If anybody from the MorphOS team is reading, please get in touch with me.

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