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.
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spiderman
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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

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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).

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23


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).

On the www.

Edited 2010-09-30 12:37 UTC

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

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


I've never understood the obsession with boot times. Granted, excessive boot times are a pain, but I only boot my computer once in a while. Usually, my system goes into standby when I'm away, and it comes out really quickly.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

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).


I don't disagree with anything you said - apart from the above. Windows 7 does "come" with IE8, but almost as soon as you boot the OS it downloads the Browser ballot (silently) and unless you catch it in time to cancel, it reboots*, installs the update and asks you to choose which browser you want. It will not shut up till you pick one. I chose IE8 because I really, really couldn't hack it bugging me and I was on a train with no WiFi or internet access.

* I was 90% through writing a document on the way to work at the time and it LOST my document as I had not remembered to turn on autosave for some idiotic reason (or it just wasn't working in office 2003 under Windows 7.)

EDIT: oh and these days, "out of box" no longer means "on the installation media" because so many OS require an online update soon after initial boot up.

Edited 2010-09-30 18:38 UTC

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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.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

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.

Indeed, I'd gladly buy an ARM-based desktop since high performance is not very important for me (I only need it for compiling software ;) ).

On the other hand, I've yet to see a standard desktop architecture on ARM, like the IBM PC mess (BIOS, PCI, and friends) on x86. And a desktop-grade OS running properly (= very snappily, not like most desktop OSs on Atom netbooks) on top of it.

Edited 2010-09-30 15:45 UTC

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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.

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