Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jun 2010 11:39 UTC, submitted by Amix
Morphos And the MorphOS team continues to expand their hardware support. They released MorphOS version 2.5 today, which adds support for Apple's eMac computers (the 1.25Ghz models, the 1.42 models have not yet been tested). Of course, there's also a whole load of fixes and improvements, too.
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Raffaele
Member since:
2005-11-12

Maybe it is just the fact you are experienced with different Operating System features, and nowadays you can't put off with ease your habit and abandon the procedures and customized features you have knowledge of, and embrace another OS and another kind of procedures and features, you are completely unaware...

...Or just it feels not-natural for you to perform OS activities that just seem odd to your past experience.

However it will be interesting to read some review from you, as we Amigans want to explore what are the points (features, keyboard sequences, script handling, preferences adjusting) of any our AmigaOS-Like systems (AmigaOS, Aros, MorphOS) that are difficult to understand for new users, or those features that newcomers can't handle properly with ease.

So then, we all users can ask the developers to modify the OS facilites in those parts that are difficult to understand, in order to create a more friendly experience to those who approach Amiga-Like Operating Systems for the first time, or even give thanks to the people who notice and signal bugs that none evidenced before.

Edited 2010-06-04 16:07 UTC

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I have used a variety of OSes including the equally quirky RISC OS; and as a designer I can [for the most part] see beyond what I have experienced in one OS when it comes to another. I understand that one OS does one thing a different than another, but I also understand that different !== right.

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Raffaele Member since:
2005-11-12

I have used a variety of OSes including the equally quirky RISC OS; and as a designer I can [for the most part] see beyond what I have experienced in one OS when it comes to another. I understand that one OS does one thing a different than another, but I also understand that different !== right.


Are You designer? Now you make me very curious to listen you telling the whole story about the experience you had in using MorphOS.

And mostly what about the things you felt and sensed sweet and all the things you felt and sensed cra**y.

*/waits with impatience for any your future article about MorphOS.

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mrAmiga500 Member since:
2009-03-20

I'm a long time Amiga user (using 16Mhz A3000 to post this), but I found that many of the "Amiga things" I've become accustomed to are not part of the OS at all, but third-party add-ons, programs and hacks that are Amiga-only. When I start with a basic Amiga setup, I'm a bit lost until I can get my favourite filemanager, tools, hacks, etc. loaded up. I can certainly understand a newcomer feeling lost. It takes time to get used to different ways of doing things and time to get programs and utilities that work the way you want. Luckily, Amiga has always been easy to hack and change.

I've always wanted to try MorphOS and I probably will when they support PowerMac G4. I'm sure even I will feel a bit lost until I can get it set up similar to the way my other Amigas are.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

MorphOS, like all operating systems, expects me to understand invisible and intangible background processes that change the state of the computer according to commands I execute. Take for example, the cipboard. We take this for granted, but it is an awful piece of UI if there ever was one. You click copy and *nothing happens*. You are expected to understand what is happening within the black box. There’s nothing tangible here with which a new user could expect to understand "copy". When you photocopy something, you get the result straight away. Not when you move to another photocopier and punch a button to get your copy from the previous machine.

The problem I have found with MorphOS—for which it cannot be blamed—is that as it has a small team of developers behind it who are all knowledgeable in the ways of the Amiga and they design and implement the OS according to their knowledge of this black box. As an outsider, where do I fit into this equation? Should I be forced to learn how the black box behaves when I prod it just because that’s how everybody before has done it and I shouldn’t complain; or shouldn’t this be redesigned so that it’s easier to understand to begin with.

How can I review something that is asking me to adopt it as a full time platform, suffer all the difficulty learning it just so that I can be "fair" about it. I can’t. All I can summise is that it is a technical achievement for the makers, it presents itself well and it has a varied and interesting community. I was going to try adopt the OS for a month but I couldn’t wrangle a free licence out of the development team so it put paid to that idea and I can’t get more out of the OS than booting it up and tinkering with it—which is neither fair or realistic when it comes to reviewing. What I did find was an awful lot of bugs—genuinely broken stuff, not only ignorance on my part. This is why I look forward to trying the new version to see what changed.

I would only want to write something if I could do the OS justice. If anything I am more inclined to write about the issues of newcomers to alternative OSes than MorphOS itself specifically.

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