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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Who's the hobbyst?
by avih on Mon 21st Dec 2009 00:13 UTC
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I think that by definition, a hobby OS is not defined by how the users relate to it, but rather by the developer[s] relation to it. If they develop it as a hobby, a hobby OS it is. If, OTOH, it's developed as a commercial product, it ain't a hobby OS by definition IMO, as simple/crude/naive as it might be. It might be a bad OS, but it won't be a hobby OS.

So.. what was the article about?

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RE: Who's the hobbyst?
by roger_ramjet on Mon 21st Dec 2009 00:50 in reply to "Who's the hobbyst?"
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I think looking at it from the developers point of view is not 100% correct.

I will go a step further than my earlier post that it is the users view.

I think the hobby distinction comes from the way somebody INTERACTS with the OS.

to the developer it may be a hobby OS.
To somebody at home it may be their livelihood.

My final definition is a hobby OS is an operating system that is interacted with by somebody for the purposes of their hobby.

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