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

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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My experience
by lancealot on Wed 18th Dec 2013 19:06 UTC
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2007-02-25

I put MorphOS in a triple boot setup with Mac OS X and Linux on a Apple Mac Mini G4. In my testing, MorphOS was so much faster in general boot times and use. Mac OS X came in second, and Linux in a distant third. All three were base GUI installs, so admittedly I didn't go crazy trying to modify configs on the Linux install, but I did try a lightweight X-windows manager for Linux. Still MorphOS was so much faster I came away impressed, and removed Mac OS X and Linux during an upgrade to MorphOS.

So if you have a old PPC Mac computer that is supported (http://www.morphos.de/hardware), and would like to use it for basic functions (web browser, jabber client, music, etc..), then this is a good way to bring life into that computer. It boots up in seconds and everything runs quickly. Origyn Web Browser (OWB) is the best web browser I have found on any of the Amiga clones. Given the fact everything has a web based equivalent now in days (Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, etc.), I think the web browser is the most important application you need on a desktop.

I know price is an issue, but a positive way to look at it is your supporting the MorphOS team with the cost of a license so we all see future updates. I purchased a license since I felt it breathed new life into my Mac Mini PPC, plus being a past Amiga user I felt comfortable with the interface. I felt the cost of the OS was comparable to what I would pay if I wanted Windows OS on a machine, and I always feel better supporting a small MorphOS team, then Microsoft.

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RE: My experience
by djame on Thu 19th Dec 2013 10:04 in reply to "My experience"
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2005-07-08

Hey, can you tell us how this version of morphos stands compared to os x ? According to that video, as soon as there're too many open windows, the os starts to be slow and unresponsive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvmWIqqRR-g

Djamé

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RE[2]: My experience
by jockm on Thu 19th Dec 2013 16:30 in reply to "RE: My experience"
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2012-12-22

Would anyone running MorphOS be willing to re-run this experiment? The video was of version 2.0 of the OS, and I am curious if it is still true. At the very least one would hope that it has been fixed.

The problem, it seems, is that MorphOS wasn't managing video memory well. Which means it would run a few windows well, but as you added them, it was thrashing trying to manage a precious resource.

There are a number of reasons I don't use MorphOS. The biggest three are the lack of a reason to (aside from novelty), fact that I don't run any hardware it can run on, and the cost.

More to the point the biggest advantage I hear to MorphOS is that is is fast and lean. But in looking at this demo, it is clear that MorphOS boots faster, but once it has the performance seems to be on par for real world tasks.

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RE[2]: My experience
by lancealot on Fri 20th Dec 2013 04:35 in reply to "RE: My experience"
lancealot Member since:
2007-02-25

Djamé-

I have the exact same system as the demo you linked to and tested on the latest MorphOS 3.4. The same thing that happened to him in the video happened to me when I opened a lot of OWB windows. The issue as it said in the comments is because opening multiple OWB windows uses more video ram, and once all the video RAM is gone, the system slows down. To avoid this with OWB, instead of opening multiple windows, I opened multiple tabs inside of OWB. When I did this I didn't have the same issue where it exhausted all the video ram.

So yes, I guess even with the latest version if you exhaust all the video RAM, MorphOS is not as smooth as Mac OS X. Then again there are not many applications that use that much video RAM, and OWB would probably be one of the heaviest ones, and opening multiple windows is not something you would normally do versus opening up tabs in OWB. So the test does expose a weakness, but not run I would normally run into without going out of my way to find an instance to exhaust all the video memory. I didn't even know about this until the video showed me how to exhaust all the video memory.

Regardless if you have video memory then everything is fast, and this thing boots up in 5-10 seconds (BIOS takes up half the boot time easily).

Hey, can you tell us how this version of morphos stands compared to os x ? According to that video, as soon as there're too many open windows, the os starts to be slow and unresponsive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvmWIqqRR-g

Djamé

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RE: My experience
by NicePics13 on Thu 19th Dec 2013 11:10 in reply to "My experience"
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2009-06-08

My PowerMac G4 lacks Core Image support so OS X Leopard is a no go, thinking of going MorphOS exclusive on that one - problem is there was no DMA for the mac.ide device (superdrive attached) in MOS 3.2 and that means choppy dvd playback & very slow disc burning ;)
My PowerBook G4 runs even Leopard well but I'm probably doing a Tiger/OpenBSD combo on that one as 111.11€ is a bit much...

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