Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jun 2014 09:30 UTC, submitted by -ujb-
Morphos

This new version can now utilize the built-in Wi-Fi hardware in all Apple systems that feature Broadcom's BCM43 chipset. In addition, MorphOS further extends its support of graphics chipsets to include AMD's R400 series by adding compatibility with Radeon X800 XT/Pro and FireGL X3 cards. Moreover, the latest version of MorphOS now enables laptop owners to define custom screen modes and provides default modes for increasingly common high resolution displays.

Improving interoperability and overall convenience, MorphOS 3.6 adds a new SMBFS filesystem handler with 64-bit I/O support for easy file sharing via network storage devices, a new VNC server to control your MorphOS systems remotely or even without a display, and a Synergy client for sharing a nearby mouse and keyboard with any Linux, MacOS or Windows machine that is part of your local network and acts as a Synergy server.

Seems like a pretty big update. I'm keeping my eyes open for a nice PowerBook G4 so that I can re-review MorphOS somewhere in the near future.

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Models
by nagerst on Sun 29th Jun 2014 16:37 UTC
nagerst
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2013-11-07

What WiFi chip is in the PowerBook G4 5.8? BCM43?

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RE: Models
by Yasu on Mon 30th Jun 2014 13:03 in reply to "Models"
Yasu Member since:
2014-05-15

It's that chip that's supported now in 3.6 so my bet is yes.

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RE[2]: Models
by chainq on Wed 2nd Jul 2014 11:52 in reply to "RE: Models"
chainq Member since:
2009-06-09

The driver is for the so-called "AirPort Extreme" card, found in PowerPC Macs listed in the following Apple article: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3024 The WiFi in these machines is now *supported*.

Macs equipped with the earlier "Airport" card (as listed here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1621) have a different WiFi chipset (called Lucent WaveLAN/Orinoco) and are *not* supported by this driver.

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RE: Models
by chainq on Wed 2nd Jul 2014 11:56 in reply to "Models"
chainq Member since:
2009-06-09

Yes, that PowerBook has a BCM43. I have the same PB5,8 and it works perfectly with MorphOS.

Since we're talking about second hand hardware, please check for known issues with these laptops before buy. Also, even if slightly obsoleted, because MorphOS supports plenty of models now, the "Buying a PowerBook" guide by one of the MorphOS authors is still a good read (especially the "testing the thing" part): http://dreamolers.binaryriot.org/powerbooks.html

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RE[2]: Models
by Yasu on Wed 2nd Jul 2014 21:37 in reply to "RE: Models"
Yasu Member since:
2014-05-15

Well, even though we use 10 something year old hardware, one good thing about MorphOS is that it doesn't feel slow at all ;)

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