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[8]: Comment by MOS6510
by jockm on Sat 1st Jun 2013 14:40 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510"
jockm
Member since:
2012-12-22

Well at the time — the turn of the millennia — Amiga users were stuck with two options:
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<li>Use ever more advanced versions of the 68K line, which were faster than what they were using, but more or less dead ends.
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<li>Look to another architecture with growth potential</li></ol>
At that time PPC was a superior architecture to X86. PPC performed better at the top end, had a better SIMD implementation, and had a clear and smooth 32 bit to 64 bit migration path. Back in 2000 a lot of my fellow engineers used to joke we were using the right OS (Windows 2000), on the wrong architecture (x86).

Eventually AIM faltered, AMD showed a better way to get to 64 bit, and Intel got where they needed to go. But at the time it wasn't clear that x86 would be the winner it is now.

Apple was smart, they kept their OS portable, and were able to migrate to a new architecture quickly. But MorphOS, and to a slightly lesser degree AmigaOS didn't learn their lesson and stuck to a single architecture.

If you want to play around with something Amiga like, then UAE, or AROS seem like better options than MorphOS.

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RE[9]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Tue 4th Jun 2013 23:02 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

But the things which made PPC "superior" shouldn't matter much to amigans - Amiga was never about top end processors, and none of ~Amiga OS migrated to 64bit even now, plus AFAIK they barely utilise SIMD.

Generally, IMHO, you assessment of the x86 situation at the turn of the millennia isn't accurate. It was like you write, x86 vs other architectures, but in the earlier 90s (and even then Apple CEO thinks he made a big mistake by going with PPC instead of Intel: http://macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=7045 ); but Pentium Pro and the rapid march to 1 GHz was the sign of things to come with x86.

Remember Amithlon? It was, back then, by far the fastest Amiga. But it was essentially killed by the Amiga community. No, I think there was (and still is) some hate of x86 among that community.

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