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

I think his point is that

-PowerPC is dead for desktop use. Apple ditched it when its power management performance became unsatisfactory, and Sony remotely killed OtherOS on the PS3 because they feared some random piracy danger and actually thought that average people would actually go as far as installing linux on their PS3 in order to pirate games (well, it's Sony after all). The only remaining PowerPC desktops are legacy hardware that you'll likely be unable to replace once it wears out.

-This makes x86(_64) the only widespread desktop computer architecture, since other architectures (SPARC, ARM...) have not much presence on that market (should I say "yet" about ARM ?)

-Hence people replacing their dead PowerPC hardware will likely buy x86 hardware next, making x86 support more of a priority than legacy G4s

Edited 2010-10-01 14:45 UTC

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Thank you, that makes a lot more sense than just "Wow".
However, would people who buy a brand new x86 PC that comes with a Windows license be more likely to run Windows or MorphOS? Does it make sense for MorphOS to compete with Windows on x86?

Anyway I think Sony cut off OtherOS support because they subsidy the console. They sell it for less than its cost and recoup by selling expensive games.
If you buy the console to install linux, you won't be buying any game and that costs Sony the price of the subsidy.
Look at that:
http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2009/11/sony-still-subsidizing...
That happened not long before Sony axed OtherOS. I suppose they didn't want that to become a trend.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Thank you, that makes a lot more sense than just "Wow".
However, would people who buy a brand new x86 PC that comes with a Windows license be more likely to run Windows or MorphOS? Does it make sense for MorphOS to compete with Windows on x86?

Well, since MorphOS is a niche OS anyway, I think it doesn't lose much at being a niche OS which runs on modern computers like desktop Linux and BSDs. Amiga fans will follow the Amiga myth no matter where it goes ;)

Apple has shown that making reasonably fast PowerPC emulation can be a good transition solution, so there wouldn't even be a loss in functionality.

Anyway I think Sony cut off OtherOS support because they subsidy the console. They sell it for less than its cost and recoup by selling expensive games.
If you buy the console to install linux, you won't be buying any game and that costs Sony the price of the subsidy.
Look at that:
http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2009/11/sony-still-subsidizing...
That happened not long before Sony axed OtherOS. I suppose they didn't want that to become a trend.

You're right, that's a very valid explanation of this move too. And makes me even more clueless than usually facing the logic of modern economics, where you voluntarily lose money hoping that something unrelated will somehow give you your money back AND get angry if that doesn't happen.

At least, people who fund fundamental research are generally ready to accept the loss of money that may come with it fairly. See the LHC : it's obviously never going to reimburse the initial investment, it's just built for the sake of glory and scientific achievement.

Edited 2010-10-01 18:37 UTC

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dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

However, would people who buy a brand new x86 PC that comes with a Windows license be more likely to run Windows or MorphOS? Does it make sense for MorphOS to compete with Windows on x86?

No more likely than someone buying an expensive or old machine to run MorphOS. I think people would at least give it a try if it would run on their laptop/desktop/netbook.

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