Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 00:11 UTC

The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 3.4, which introduces faster R300 graphics drivers, improved video playback on G5-based systems, support for non-native display resolutions on various PowerBooks, screen blanker password protection, and numerous bug fixes and other improvements. For an overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.

Some serious improvements in there. Their market is probably small, but they release new versions at a relatively stable pace. One of the very few alternative operating systems that has managed to survive over the years where so many others fell.

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MorphOS: Interesting, but...
by xfce_fanboy on Wed 18th Dec 2013 02:58 UTC
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MorphOS is interesting on its technical merits, even though it appeals to a very tiny market segment. I admittedly bought a used Power Mac G4 just to give it a spin, but I couldn't justify the cost of buying the full MorphOS install. For Amiga enthusiasts, it's potentially a better AmigaOS than the real AmigaOS 4. (I wish the competing camps could put their differences aside and merge, but that seems highly unlikely.)

MorphOS's Quark microkernel has some neat features, and MorphOS almost qualifies as a real-time operating system. Given the widespread use of PowerPC chips for embedded applications, I hope the Quark microkernel can be used as an RTOS for these embedded systems (especially the rad-hardened avionics boxes that power spacecraft.) Does VxWorks have any competition as an RTOS for spacecraft avionics?

Edited 2013-12-18 03:05 UTC

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moondevil Member since:

Without the Amiga hardware it is not the same thing.

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MOS6510 Member since:

If only, if only, we knew back then it would end some day and we could have enjoyed our Amiga even more.

Computers today lack personality. If you had a computer in the 80's you'd know what that means.

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bassbeast Member since:

Exactly, what made the Amiga cool was the fact that it was filled with custom chips and had an OS written from the ground up to take advantage of that particular hardware.

MorphOS still has to support a heck of a lot more hardware than the Amiga ever did and its certainly not being written to precisely target a single hardware config to squeeze every drop of performance out of it. That is what made those older computers cool IMHO, they were being written with the kind of focus only seen today in embedded OSes. The OS wasn't designed to be upgraded, the CPU, memory, all of it was gonna pretty much remain static so they could write the OS for that exact piece of hardware.

And while I love the fact my PC and even my cellphone can get OS upgrades can you imagine what kind of performance you could get with today's level of hardware with an OS that tightly focused? Just imagine how fast a system you would have if the OS was written for that EXACT configuration, with every cycle and byte of memory known and taken into account by the devs.

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Intuition Member since:

As you wish! ;)

MorphOS 3.2 running on an Amiga 4000.

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