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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Neolander
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2010-03-08

It's burning power when booting. Lots of hard disk activity, fans at full speed, lots of CD drive access, all while I'm spending my time waiting for a desktop to appear.

Fast boot times lessens this, but low power states use a a small amount of power.

I wonder what the power difference is, between 3 minutes of boot/shutdown activity (total) versus an hour of standby?

That's a very interesting question.

On the other hand, you should first get your orders of magnitude right : currently, it becomes fairly common to see alternative OSs gettiing in an usable state in around 30-45s on most hardware.

Then there's also the problem of considering the full product cycle : hardware which runs permanently wears out more quickly. And recycling the old computer and making the new one cost a lot of power.

This of course considering an idealistic usage pattern where the user does not replace the whole computer when the HDD wears out.

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

It all depends on what you consider a usable state.

Bare desktop with a browser icon being clickable isn't usable in the same way as a desktop with plenty of services loading that allow me to actually use my desktop in an efficient manner.

Of course, that takes 3-5 minutes or more just to boot on my aging system. That's why I tend to leave it in standby.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

It all depends on what you consider a usable state.

Bare desktop with a browser icon being clickable isn't usable in the same way as a desktop with plenty of services loading that allow me to actually use my desktop in an efficient manner.

Of course, that takes 3-5 minutes or more just to boot on my aging system. That's why I tend to leave it in standby.

For me, usable state = responsive desktop. Launching the applications which I use is a matter of seconds from that state.

About your old system, you should try to copy and replace the HDD. It's by far the main cold boot performance bottleneck, and although things improve very slowly in the HDD speed area, they do improve (especially on laptops).

Edited 2010-09-30 17:01 UTC

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