Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Sep 2010 22:14 UTC, submitted by Amix
Morphos Bright days ahead for the Amiga world. AROS is doing well, AmigaOS4 is getting one heck of a machine in the AmigaOne X1000, and MorphOS continues its development at a brisk pace. Version 2.6 of MorphOS, currently in development, will add support for (G4, I'm assuming) PowerMacs, which, alongside support for the Mac Mini and eMac, gives MorphOS a solid base of used hardware to run on.
Thread beginning with comment 443225
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

??? What does x86 have to do with PPC ???
It's a completely different architecture and actually older than PPC. What do you mean?
Do you mean that one should "upgrade" to x86 because it is cheap? Why not ARM or MIPS or whatever? In what way is x86 an "upgrade" to PPC?


He is drawing parallels to Apple's move from PowerPC to x86 considering Apple was the largest PowerPC desktop/laptop producer up until recently. That there is a movement away from PowerPC outside of niche areas and it would be best for the said operating system vendor to do likewise.

That is my assumption anyway.

Reply Parent Score: 4

Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, luckily A-eon managed to score a pretty decent PowerPC processor to work with for the X1000, and while it surely won't rekindle the PowerPC flame, it's still good to see people willing to bet on something else than x86.

Sure, it might not make sense, but then, neither does growing a beard. Still, I did it anyway.

Reply Parent Score: 1

Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

That is a pretty nice system, and worth getting excited about.

Old G4 systems, not so much. A modern PC could probably emulate it well enough.

Reply Parent Score: 2

spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23


He is drawing parallels to Apple's move from PowerPC to x86 considering Apple was the largest PowerPC desktop/laptop producer up until recently. That there is a movement away from PowerPC outside of niche areas and it would be best for the said operating system vendor to do likewise.

That is my assumption anyway.
But then Apple moved from x86 to ARM. And if Apple did it, everybody should do it. After all, Apple is always right and those who do not follow Apple are behind the curve.
So the next upgrade is x86 and then ARM, right?
Why not jump straight to ARM then?
Sorry but that all makes no sense to me. The "Apple did it" argument is void. MorphOS is a niche OS. Those who run it are mainly Amiga enthusiasts. Does it make sense to develop applications for MorphOS on x86? I'm not sure.

Edited 2010-09-30 11:43 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2

Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

There is AROS…

But all of these are just many sides of one community. Unless we’re paying Amiga users, I don’t think we have the right to be telling them what hardware and software to use.

A 400 MHz G4 Mac is going to boot quicker with MorphOS than a brand new top-end Mac.

Heck, OWB 1.7 supports HTML5 video/audio, meaning that MorphOS is more capable on the Internet out of the box than Windows 7 out of the box (IE8).

Reply Parent Score: 3

WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

So the next upgrade is x86 and then ARM, right?

Well, even though some might see as a flamebait I'll say yes ;) There's just so much good in ARM that sooner or later people will start buying ARM desktops for home use. x86 will be around yes, but by then it'll be for professional use or people with a need for really high performance regardless the power consumption.

Reply Parent Score: 3

Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

But then Apple moved from x86 to ARM.


Apple didn't move from x86 to ARM. Just because they have new products that use ARM doesn't mean they are moving from x86. For that to be true, either their upcoming desktops would have to be arm (which of course they aren't) or they would have had to been using x86 in iPhones/iPods prior to ARM (which, of course, they haven't).

And if Apple did it, everybody should do it. After all, Apple is always right and those who do not follow Apple are behind the curve.


Not at all. Moving from PPC to x86 was a very good move for Apple, and they did so for very good reasons: Performance. The key question is, is the goal of MorphOS to truly revive Amiga as a viable platform, or is it merely to cater to Amiga enthusiasts?

I hope it is the former, because the latter is market that can really only shrink.

Reply Parent Score: 2