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[2]: Comment by transami
by BlueofRainbow on Sun 22nd Sep 2013 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by transami"
BlueofRainbow
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2009-01-06

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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RE[4]: Comment by transami
by NicePics13 on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 14:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by transami"
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2009-06-08

From their website: "The prices are 111.11 EUR for one PowerBook G4 system, iBook G4 or Power Mac G5, 79 EUR for one eMac, Mac mini G4, Pegasos I, Pegasos II or PowerMac G4, and 49 EUR for one EfikaPPC system"

But you're sort of right - why the hell did I buy an old G4, upgraded it with hard to come by parts and install some obscure overpriced OS developed by three guys and a cat?

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RE[4]: Comment by transami
by rzookol on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 20:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by transami"
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2009-10-15

MorphOS is for people who want to use updated amigaos-compatible operating system on ~50 x faster machines. Nothing less, nothing more. Just like Symbos on MSX2 or updated CP/M for Z80 machines.

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