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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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RE[2]: My experience
by jockm on Thu 19th Dec 2013 16:30 UTC 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[3]: My experience
by Intuition on Thu 19th Dec 2013 16:51 in reply to "RE[2]: My experience"
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2013-05-28

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.


I'll try to find some time over the weekend to recreate it.

I have a PowerBook G4 5,8 with a 128MB Radeon 9700 Pro, a PowerMac G5 7,3 with 256MB Radeon 9650 Pro (I have a 9800 somewhere but not sure exactly where it is in my mancave) and a Pegasos II G4 with a 128MB Radeon 9250.

I'll do it on at least one of them, maybe all of them if my wife gives me time off from slavery^H^H^H^H^H real life. ;)

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RE[4]: My experience
by jockm on Thu 19th Dec 2013 17:51 in reply to "RE[3]: My experience"
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2012-12-22

Thank you!

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RE[3]: My experience
by -ujb- on Sun 22nd Dec 2013 22:34 in reply to "RE[2]: My experience"
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2005-10-21

I kind of retried that experiment. I opened up 10 full screen windows of Odyssey web browser (1280x1024 24 bit). Once Gfx RAM is filled up and you open a new window it takes a little time during that the computer is swapping VRAM and changing things. but once this moment is over everything is snappy again.

In general use you almost never run in situations where the gfx ram is fully occupied. When you do it slows down for a few moments and there you go again. The moment is a few seconds. Probably that situation is still better handled on OS X, but the test scenario is rather artificial. And behavior is not like shown n that video anymore. Other situatiosn are better handled by MorphOS than OS X. Non eof the both OSes is wiping the floor with each other - they are different with different strengthes and weaknesses.

MorphOS is more than useable for many things. And compared to OS X it just flies on the same hardware. I like to have a dual boot setup and normally boot into MorphOS instead of into OS X. It's great to have both systems. But well, I am kind of an "Amiga nut" anyway...

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