Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th May 2015 00:39 UTC, submitted by cybergorf
Morphos

The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 3.8, which introduces support for ACube's Sam460 series of mainboards and numerous Radeon graphics cards from AMD's X1000 and HD series. In addition to various performance improvements related to the Quark kernel, Exec, 3D graphics and video playback, MorphOS 3.8 also adds the ability to use state-of-the-art 4K displays in their native resolution. For a more extensive overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.

Looks like a great release. It's so tempting to get a G4 Mac for this one.

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MorphOS 3.8 hardware support++
by AmixG5 on Sat 16th May 2015 04:13 UTC
AmixG5
Member since:
2013-05-28

PowerPC motherboards supported:
Efika
Pegasos
Pegasos II
eMac G4
Mac Mini G4
PowerMac G4*
PowerMac G5*
SAM460 / AmigaONE 500

PowerPC laptops supported:
iBook G4
PowerBook G4*

* = Only ATI Radeon graphic cards are supported.

The prices are:
111.11 EUR for one PowerBook G4 system, iBook G4 or PowerMac G5,
79 EUR for one eMac, Mac mini G4, Pegasos I, Pegasos II or PowerMac G4
49 EUR for one EfikaPPC or Sam460 system.

If you have one of these PowerPC systems which MorphOS runs on, try it out. MorphOS will still be available for PowerPC for a loong time. Later MorphOS is also going to support AmigaONE X5000. This is a really small and nice OS for sure. The OS doesn't take more than 218MB in size and requires very little CPU and MEM to work.

I am certain that MorphOS on mobiles and tablets would be as great as QNX is on BlackBerry devices. Multitasking is always great and the fast loading of both OS and software would make it to a really great competitor with Android, iOS and Windows for the tablet market.

To run MorphOS on a Efika 400MHz PowerPC motherboard with IDE controller that has no DMA and a PowerMac G5 at 2GHz is almost no difference in terms of using the OS. Sure a PowerMac G5 makes it all feels a little bit more faster, but the boot times is like 12 seconds vs 5 seconds.

I invite and urge most of PowerPC Mac users to try MorphOS out. We need developers and I am certain that with more support, the OS could boost a lot.

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bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

I would happily try it out, and i have a PowerMAC G5 already (the last model with pcie and 2x dual core cpus)... That said, 111EUR to play with a hobbyist OS is a bit steep, that's more than the hardware is worth. Also reading the hardware compatibility list suggests my model isn't supported, and i suspect it would boot on only one core in any case?

Also the announcement talks about 4K resolution support, but does any of the antiquated hardware that morphos runs on actually support 4k resolutions?

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daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

It's free to try, the only restriction with the demo version is that it times out after 30 minutes of use, after which it slows to a crawl. A quick reboot (I mean really quick) and you're back running.

As for the 4K support, there are a few machines supported that have PCIe slots (including possibly yours) which means they can accept the various modern Radeon graphics cards listed on their support pages.

It'll cost you nothing to try it (except perhaps a blank CD), so it's well worth a look.

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