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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Intuition
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2013-05-28

From what I can tell, it seems like MorphOS only runs on discontinued Apple products, and discontinued Gensi products.

Taking my personal feelings and previous comments and put them aside, and looking at this objectively; this just doesn't bode well.

Were I on the MorphOS team I would be lobbying heavily to make the OS portable so it can run on x86 and/or ARM. Running MorphOS on a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone is much more attractive than running on legacy hardware.


MorphOS 3.4 running on an Acube SAM460 motherboard.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1410816_33695...

"MorphOS NG" is currently under discussion by the MorphOS Team and will most likely be for ARM or AMD64. From what little i know of it, it will probably break source and binary compatibility with Amiga software though.

If you don't want to shell out for MorphOS and some PPC hardware then you can use AROS on your existing x86 hardware. It's much faster obviously but not quite as polished as MorphOS.

http://www.icarosdesktop.org

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jockm Member since:
2012-12-22

[MorphOS 3.4 running on an Acube SAM460 motherboard.


Very interesting, but can I point out that isn't on the supported hardware list: http://www.morphos.de/hardware

So I will amend my statement, they don't officially support it on anything but discontinued hardware. Still doesn't give me warm and fuzzies.

MorphOS NG" is currently under discussion by the MorphOS Team and will most likely be for ARM or AMD64.


Link? I Just did a number of searches and could find references to speculation, but nothing that said anyone actually knew anything.

From what little i know of it, it will probably break source and binary compatibility with Amiga software though.


Binary sure — for PPC — unless they are doing some kind of JIT or AOT PPC compilation. Source would be a more complicated story. The 68K and PPC chips in question are all Big Endian (or are configured to be Big Endian); x86 and ARM are Little Endian (or are configured to be Little Endian).

68K code would continue to be handled by the AROS portions of MorphOS, and should be fine (probably).

Some code would break in such a transition, code that tries to read directly from the hardware assuming bit order, or read or write files serializing data structures directly.

It is hard to say what percentage of apps would just compile and run, but I bet a majority would. It really depends on how defensive the coders were. But even the ones that don't should be relatively easy to port (if the developers have the will).
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If you don't want to shell out for MorphOS and some PPC hardware then you can use AROS on your existing x86 hardware. It's much faster obviously but not quite as polished as MorphOS.


Missing my point. I am not saying I want to run some Amiga like thing, I am talking about MorphOS specifically. I don't have an interest in running old Amiga software (that ship sailed for me a very long time ago), and if I did I would just use UAE — for the ilk of software I might care about.

No, the reason I might be interested in MorphOS is the first thing I hear everyone say about it: it is fast, light, and polished... which are the reasons I might be interested in it.

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