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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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 ;) ).

Usual desktop usecases aren't really that dependant on CPU performance, instead the computer mostly sits idle waiting for input and as such an ARM-powered desktop would be quite perfect; ARM uses really, really little power when idle, and quite little even when working at full speed. And as there already exists multi-core, multi-gigahertz ARM processors they're plenty good even for gaming. Gaming mostly is limited by disk access and GPU performance anyways.

I just hope someone will bring a good ARM desktop to the regular consumers soon.

And a desktop-grade OS running properly (= very snappily, not like most desktop OSs on Atom netbooks) on top of it.

Yeah. At the moment it seems it'd be Linux, QNX or perhaps Haiku. They all have their own share of rough corners and while I like Linux quite a lot and am a F/OSS proponent I don't really think Linux would be all that good a choice.

Haiku IMHO seems to have the most potential at becoming the next big OS, but they have so much stuff ahead of them before it's ready for general populace. Especially proper gaming APIs, support for broader hardware, and acceleration of various tasks are needed before it can even try to become a desktop OS for general populace.

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