Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Sep 2013 17:51 UTC, submitted by Andrea Maniero
Morphos

The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 3.3, which includes various bug fixes and other improvements. For an overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.

A nice bugfix release for MorphOS users.

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RE: Comment by transami
by jockm on Sun 22nd Sep 2013 18:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by transami"
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Meanwhile Blackbery sold 3.7 million units and is all but done for.



Well it depends on the size of your business. If you have 1000 customers paying you $100 a year, that is $100K (before taxes). More than enough to support a one or maybe two person business.

I don't know how large the MorphOS company is but I doubt it is more than a few people and I would be surprised if more than one of them works full time on MorphOS (if that).

N.E.R.D. (nothing ever really dies) I used to know a guy who made a living patching OS/8 (the OS for the PDP-8) in the 90s. He only had two or three clients, but they paid well. I lost touch, but I can only hope those companies finally ported their software to something a little more modern.


As of March 2013 Blackberry at 12.7K employees. That changes the equation dramatically. ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by transami
by BlueofRainbow on Sun 22nd Sep 2013 23:33 in reply to "RE: Comment by transami"
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It is unfortunate that the decline of the Amiga has lead to a divisive approach for sustained development of the OS with AmigaOS, MorphOS, and AROS. None of them is large enough to be able to keep up with hardware developments.

This still provides a second-life for a number of older Apple hardware no longer supported by Apple. Interestingly, there are quite a number of Linux distributions specializing in the older X86 hardware not powerful enough to run the last/second last generation of Windows.

Interesting story about making a living patching PDP-8s in the 90s. They were likely kept alive because they were used for some specialized analytical instruments or in a process control function. Upgrading the hardware would have required upgrading the interfaces which may not be possible due to lack of documentation or may have carried a huge business or equipment risk.

By the way, BlackBerry now has (or soon will have) just ~5,000 employees. This changes the equation even more.

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RE[3]: Comment by transami
by jockm on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 04:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by transami"
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2012-12-22

This still provides a second-life for a number of older Apple hardware no longer supported by Apple.


A second life to do what? Again this is my question: Aside from running a browser, what apps can I run? What makes MorphOS interesting? What makes it compelling? Why should I spend 100+ EUR when I could install Linux, and have a better answer to why I should use it.

If you want to run MorphOS, AROS, QNX, Syllable, whatever, more power to you; I will not stand in your way and I will eagerly listen to your war stories.

However if you (and by that I mean the MorphOS folk) want me to be interested in MorphOS then they got to give a reason. But what about it is worth $150?

Because I could run Linux, or even just continue to run OSX and run an out of date/obscure browser, and it would be cheaper.

By the way, BlackBerry now has (or soon will have) just ~5,000 employees. This changes the equation even more.


http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/20/blackberry-confirms-massive-layoff...
BlackBerry is cutting 4500 jobs. 12700 - 4500 = 8200. But that doesn't actually change the point I was trying to make.

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