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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RE[2]: Comment by mrAmiga500
by David on Mon 21st Dec 2009 00:01 UTC 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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