Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Dec 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I just stumbled upon an interesting forum thread over at The thread details whether or not AmigaOS and MorphOS should be called "hobby operating systems", and what kind of criteria should be applied. This sounded like an interesting point of discussion for OSNews.
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Comment by mrAmiga500
by mrAmiga500 on Sun 20th Dec 2009 22:18 UTC
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I'd say your classification system is correct.

For the Amiga OS, I'd say WB 1.3 to 3.1 were not "hobby operating systems" because at the time of release they had millions of users and were used in many professional applications. Even though Amiga OS 4.1 is "more advanced", I'd classify it more as a hobby OS - running only on "hobby hardware" by very few users.

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RE: Comment by mrAmiga500
by AmigaRobbo on Sun 20th Dec 2009 22:46 in reply to "Comment by mrAmiga500"
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I'd also say (again) that back in the day Windows 98 wasn't a Hobby OS, used by millions etc. but now if you get someone using it for the lulz, then it's a hobby OS.

But then I don't find anything especially degratory about the term hobby OS.

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RE[2]: Comment by mrAmiga500
by David on Mon 21st Dec 2009 00:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by mrAmiga500"
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Restoring a 1967 Corvette is a hobby, and being a classic Corvette aficionado is a hobby, but there's certainly nobody who's ashamed to be seen driving a 1967 Corvette around.

(Of course, it always comes back to car analogies)

But I think this is an apt comparison. A valuable classic car may not be as practical, reliable, technologically advanced, or efficient as a late model Honda Accord. But that doesn't mean there's no point in owning one, and in fact, putting a lot of time into it. People who tinker with "hobby" OSes derive a lot of pleasure from it, and they learn a lot. Just because their pet OSes aren't Honda Accords doesn't mean we should denigrate them.

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