Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Jul 2012 22:52 UTC, submitted by Dan Knight
Amiga & AROS Low End Mac's Sebastian Patten takes a look at MorphOS 3. "MorphOS is for Amiga users. Period. And it's for those Macintosh users who like to experiment and experience a new operating system on their PowerPC Macs. That's where I see myself, and I had a lot of fun playing around with MorphOS on my eMac. It is not a full OS X replacement, but it can come close to it, depending on your computer needs."
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 12:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
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By opting for PPC the audience is limited. More people have a spare X86 system than a PPC one.

The hardware itself isn't limited, but the number of people that have PPC is.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Megol on Wed 1st Aug 2012 17:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-04-11

That's clearly faulty logic. Unless you do a PPC emulator on x86 (also a big project) you'd have to redo much of the OS and arrive at a binary incompatible system with much less support than Linux/FreeBSD or even Windows.
Used PPC hardware is readily available, reasonable priced and already supported.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 19:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-05-12

I kind of doubt PPC will have an easy-to-get and not-too-expensive future.

If MorphOS would run on a Raspberry Pi it would make it very easy for users to give it a good go.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Fri 3rd Aug 2012 20:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2005-07-06

That's clearly faulty logic. Unless you do a PPC emulator on x86 (also a big project) you'd have to redo much of the OS and arrive at a binary incompatible system with much less support than Linux/FreeBSD or even Windows.
Used PPC hardware is readily available, reasonable priced and already supported.

It's not faulty logic to point out the gross strategic mistake ~Amiga community did in the 90s, and largely just because of the blind hatred towards everything-Wintel.

Now, sure, the damage is done. But why do you care about binary compatibility - with what? Classic Amiga applications need an emulated 68k core anyway, and as for the more recent native stuff - it's mostly about incomplete and lagging ports of OSS from the PC. Plus, the support is negligible as it stands currently.

And you know, there are existing PPC emulators - QEMU and PearPC. Shouldn't be very hard to make MorphOS running under one of them ...who knows, perhaps by now it will be faster than any native MorphOS hardware, on current x86-64 CPUs (just like Amithlon was by far the fastest Amiga in its time - of course, it was also a heresy, and didn't allow some marginal companies to ride on nostalgia, so it had to be killed). Or at least probably with perfectly sufficient speed.

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