Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th May 2013 13:03 UTC, submitted by Jacek Piszczek
Morphos "The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 3.2, which introduces support for Power Mac G5 workstations, iBook G4 laptops and additional PowerBook G4 models. The 3.2 release also has a strong focus on improved network support with a completely new and improved NetStack core as well as support for wireless networks. In addition, there are several new network-related tools such as VNC client, a Remote Desktop Client and a tool showing detailed network statistics as well as many other fixes and improvements."
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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by -ujb- on Thu 30th May 2013 15:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2005-10-21

@ MOS6510

It's totally fine not to buy MorphOS. It's just an option for those who like it. MorphOS isn't there to challenge MS, Apple or Linux, but to have fun. The demo is free and thus it's very easy to get a first hand experience. Most about it is hobby and Amiga heritage. But it is far from being useless or nostalgia only. It actually works and I do my dailly things with it.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by jockm on Thu 30th May 2013 16:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2012-12-22

I think you miss MOS6510's point, at least as I understand it.

MorphOS is interesting, but it is expensive. Their pricing structure is doing them no favors, IMHO. There are three separate price points for the exact same OS, the price varying based on the hardware you are using.

The other thing is they have locked themselves into PPC. Which means if you want to try MorphOS you either have to buy expensive new hardware, or out of date and out of service old hardware.

I personally think they would do themselves great good by picking a single SKU, and expanding their support to include ARM based hardware like the Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, pcDuino, et al.

PS: They have one other little problem, I find rather amusing: go to http://www.morphos.de and try and figure out how to buy their product. Hell to even find out the price(s) you have to go to "Help Desk" and go down a few questions.

Edited 2013-05-30 16:35 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by -ujb- on Thu 30th May 2013 22:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2005-10-21

I understand that the price tag is a little steep. And the different prices may seem a bit random. And PPC has no future. That's alright (no sarcasm included).

I think at least if the price would be below 100 EUR for all systems that would sound much better. Then again the expensive price tag gets a lot better when you know that updates are free (my 1st registered machine got 10 updates for free already).
My price sugesstion to the MorphOS team was 79 EUR. For the already longer supported machine that is indeed the current price tag. The price policy to register machines instead of copies is unusual, but quite attractive. That way you can be rather sure everyone has the current OS version, there's really no reason to skip an update - that's good for developers as they can adapt new features w/o thinking about whether the user base will update or not. But on first seight registration fee looks high with such a system.

And getting rid of PowerPC is the major problem MorphOS has to face (albeit I personally stll like ppc). With the old Apple kit at least prices for suitable machines are low. A used powermac G4 doesn't cost much more than a Raspberry Pi. Yeah, it's old, it's bulky, but pretty powerful (compared to the Raspberry Pi - not to an i7 of course).
My used Powerbook costed me less than my Atom netbook and eats that one pretty much for breakfast. Relying on used hardware is not really attractive on first sight, but actually it's good for ecology and your wallet. Of course eveyone would be glad if powerful new hardware for MorphOS would be available, but currently MorphOS is PPC trapped. This will very likely change in future, but not tomorrow as it will lead to major changes of the system and introduce incompability to legacy software. And coming from the Amiga heritage one of MorphOS goals was always to maintain a very high Amiga compability (it's kind of fun to use 25 year old software still natively).

Thing is, MorphOS community knows pretty well about the problems present. But with the given constraints MorphOS makes he best out of the situation. And one constraint is to stay original. Who thought that in 2013 (19 years after Commodore died) there are still actively developed Amiga systems (beside MorphOS there's also AROS and OS4) that actually are at least remotely current.

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