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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RE[2]: My experience
by lancealot on Fri 20th Dec 2013 04:35 UTC in reply to "RE: My experience"
lancealot
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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[3]: My experience
by jockm on Fri 20th Dec 2013 06:02 in reply to "RE[2]: My experience"
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2012-12-22

Just to play devil's Advocate, there aren't that many apps to run on MorphOS, and if you are a modern user a web browser is one of them.

I currently have 6 Browser windows open with between 2 and 20ish tabs in each — each one representing a different subject. I admit this isn't that typical, but even my wife likes to keep 2-3 browser windows open.

So I wouldn't simply dismiss this issue.

Obviously use whatever OS makes you happy, and more power to you. I am mostly shocked this issue doesn't seem to have been addressed.

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RE[4]: My experience
by lancealot on Sat 21st Dec 2013 00:24 in reply to "RE[3]: My experience"
lancealot Member since:
2007-02-25

Just to play devil's Advocate, there aren't that many apps to run on MorphOS, and if you are a modern user a web browser is one of them.

I currently have 6 Browser windows open with between 2 and 20ish tabs in each — each one representing a different subject. I admit this isn't that typical, but even my wife likes to keep 2-3 browser windows open.

So I wouldn't simply dismiss this issue.

Obviously use whatever OS makes you happy, and more power to you. I am mostly shocked this issue doesn't seem to have been addressed.


Actually if you include all the Amiga applications on Aminet that run on MorphOS and all the MorhpOS applications in the package manager that are available, then I would say there are more then a few apps. I guess it can look like a few when you compare to Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X. I do agree when you speak of a modern application, the web browser would be the most important a OS would need to run. So having a good web browser on a modern OS is very important.

It takes me about 8-10 windows before I have issues. If I would have had 2 or 3 windows open each with like 10 tabs, I wouldn't have had issues. I do agree the fact the OS allows all the virtual memory to be used up, which in turn causes system slow down is an issue. The OS should try not to use video ram (or reserve video ram) for the OS GUI if it runs out. So I don't dismiss this issue, I am just saying that in my current usage this issue did not come up until I purposely used it in a way I normally did not. If you use 8 Browser windows open with 20 tabs in each, then MorphOS will probably not be the best solution for you until they fix that slow down issue of it using up all the video ram.

Being a old Amiga user, MorphsOS was the cheapest solution for a modern day Amiga like system, since it ran on old Mac hardware. I mostly use it as a hobby system. My primary systems I use for more power solutions are Windows and Mac OS X based on the desktop. So don't get me wrong when I say I would use MorhpOS as my main desktop. All I can say is on this old Mac Mini G4 I have, MorphOS runs the best.

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