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 AmigaWorld.net. 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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Seth Quarrier
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2005-11-13

I think that if someone has an Alpha on their desktop running VMS, that would definitely qualify as a hobby OS. DOS on the desktop would also probably qualify. Both of these systems, however, have very non-hobby uses. A system like QNX also has hobby and non-hobby faces. When you try to load Vista into your coffee machine that also would count ;) Perhaps in a cosmic sense, a hobby OS is an OS that has no niche in which it isn't competitive outside of the fun and challenge of using it. Having said that long live the hobby OS, and my personal opinion is that any system that qualifies should get top billing on OSNews, there are plenty of dedicated sites for the big guys.

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