A video of MorphOS 2.0 booting on a Mac Mini [.mpeg] (PPC, of course) has appeared, indicating that MorphOS 2.0 might support Apple’s Mac Mini. MorphOS developer Harry Sintonen says: “The port is real and ‘official’. However, it is unlikely that any Mac version would make it to the first MOS 2.0 batch: Pegasos I, Pegasos II, and Efika come first. This Mac port is not ready either, so hold your horses.”
MorphOS 2.0 Supports PPC Mac Mini
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2008-01-16 8:36 pmzizban
MorphOS is not a hobby os; it’s an os supported by a company, Genesi. It’s meant to be Amiga 3.1 compatible, as well as a development platform. It will not match Leopard because it’s not aimed at the same target audience.
2008-01-16 8:47 pmClinton
I know who makes it, but I apologize if you don’t consider it a hobby OS. I viewed BeOS as a hobby OS too. That is my fault, I’m sure.
I consider it a hobby OS because it seems more bent on the nostalgia of ages past than on providing things for the future. If Amiga had survived, I’m sure their interface would have changed by now. What was groundbreaking back in the 80s just isn’t anymore.
2008-01-16 8:59 pmpaws
I’d much rather have the future of desktop operating systems based on any of the big ‘hobby’ operating systems, either the “out of date” (BeOS or Amiga OS) or their succesors (MorphOS, AROS, Haiku) than GNOME/KDE+free UNIX, OS X or Windows Vista. If only because of resource usage… But I’m quite sure if you start digging, the underdogs all have their design advantages over the big guns, who really only seem to distinguish themselves by what are in my mind ‘redundant’ or easily imitable features (more advanced graphics, for instance). But there are things in BeOS or Amiga OS that you don’t just add run out and to something like OS X with its huge installed base and millions of lines of written code that people are making money off now..
Edited 2008-01-16 21:03 UTC
2008-01-17 5:10 pmClinton
I used to use an Amiga, and I thought they were great. I also was registered as a BeOS Developer and used it quite a bit in the late 90s. Both had great technology in them, to be sure, but what was great in the 80s and 90s, just isn’t all that special today.
You do bring up a good point though…
I know there is a segment of the market that would love to run an OS on older machines. I have about five Pentium III machines sitting around that can’t run Windows XP or Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSuSE that may benefit from something like MorphOS or BeOS. However, the Mac Mini just isn’t one of those machines; yet. I run Leopard on my 1st generation Mac Mini, and it runs just fine.
Because of that fact, I fail to see the importance, yet, of running MorphOS on a Mac Mini. Why install an OS that doesn’t do as much as the OS the Mac Mini came with?
In my opinion, a replacement OS should do at least something better than the OS you’re replacing, whether that be run faster on old hardware, or some new feature that nobody else has, or simply doing some important task better or faster. If a replacement OS can’t offer any of that, what’s the point; other than hobbyist interest?
2008-01-17 10:50 pmThom Holwerda
f a replacement OS can’t offer any of that, what’s the point; other than hobbyist interest?
Asking the question is answering it. Emphasis added.
2008-01-18 5:32 pm-ujb-
You still haven’t got it. MOS on the Mac mini is *not* meant to
replace OS X for satisfied OS X users.
But MorphOS users get more choice of hardware (hint: the Pegasos
computers are not easy to obtain these days and are linited to 1 GHz).
MorphOS users have their reasons to like MorphOS (whatever those
2008-01-19 12:29 pmm0ns00n
“In my opinion, a replacement OS should do at least something better than the OS you’re replacing, whether that be run faster on old hardware, or some new feature that nobody else has, or simply doing some important task better or faster. If a replacement OS can’t offer any of that, what’s the point; other than hobbyist interest?”
Your opinion is flawed, I’m afraid. An OS shouldn’t do much at all, it should get out of your way and let you use your apps. Today, modern OSes does too much in my opinion. It takes up resources because of it. In my opinion the OS should take care of abstracting hardware resources in a good way so developers can access and control it — lay the playground ready for app developers to make the platform useful. These days with OSes delivering integrated web browsers and media players, even office apps (Windows) then they are taking over the tasks that 3rd party app developers should have. So when a new OS, like MorphOS, comes out and does minimal work on its own, I see it as a great thing. It will not do what the big systems out there do today – it doesn’t come with MSIE 7, or Windows Media Player, or iTunes, or Garage Band, or iWorks; but many users, including me, are tired of these over bloated systems anyway. We want something small and lean 🙂 Morphos is a solution.
Also, many people, wrongly, let the absence of big name apps on new platforms show them in a bad light. They say: “If it doesn’t have Adobe CS3, I can’t use it!” – and they are right – if they are dependent on some special software to work, then they can not replace it with something non-equivalent. But an OS is a platform running apps, it is up to Adobe to support it. And if Adobe does not, then the chance is there for other devs to deliver an equivalent in time.
So what I’m saying is that in time, many alternative OSes, like MorphOS, will have on offer all the functionality that other mainstream OSes has today, developer mass allowing. But the operating system itself does not have to offer much functionality on its own. It is very reasonable to speculate that even Windows 95 could still be the main OS used by people, given that it would still have the majority of developers supporting it. I mean, in many respects, Vista is just Win95 on steroids.. It is the application availability that sets an OS apart in the mainstream, not its technical prowess. The big operating systems on market today, like MacOSX, Fedora and Windows Vista; they are huge, bloated dragons that need some slaying if you ask me 🙂
2008-01-17 1:14 pm-ujb-
It is not meant to replace OS X on the Mac Minis owned by satisfied OS X users, but to provide MorhphOS users a broader hardware base.
Mac Minis are wider spread than Pegasos computers.
MorphOS does not offer multi user management, it doesn’t offer memory protection either, but it offers speed, a logic structure and fun to use. I use it daily and love it while I am aware of Windows, Linux, OS X and such (I am not only aware of these system I also have them available). But I have my reasons to prefer MorphOS.
You may not share my reasons and call me insane, but I am not the only one who prefers MorphOS/AmigaOS for his/her reasons.
It is about freedom of choice.
The video won’t even play on my Mac Mini.
2008-01-16 10:32 pmwonea
Then use Videolan
2008-01-17 1:16 pm-ujb-
“The video won’t even play on my Mac Mini.”
I tested it on my gf’s ibook with 10.4 and it replays fine after downloading (I used MPlayer).
zizban : The relationship with Genesi is not clear and MorphOS has all of an hobby OS.
Clinton : Please don’t ask to MorphOS to have all the OSX features … or ask the same things to the hobby OS you’ve been using for 14 years.
You know, I understand those you think that MorphOS or AmigaOS4 are poor, old, … and whatever you want. All I can tell is you would be surprised seeing them running.
Note that video plays perfectly with DvPlayer on AmigaOS4. I did not try with mplayer on AmiagOS4 or MorphOS but I am sure it works.
There are more than a few machines which will not run Leopard (e.g. 700MHz G4 PowerMacs). On these machines Tiger will be supported for another year or so.
So, frankly, Morphos doesn’t have to be better than OSX, just less picky!
Don’t go out and buy a PPC Mac Mini anytime soon. This many months off, probably not until fall of 2008.
There are other distros that support PPC pretty well OOTB. I run Fedora on mine. It’s my web server and works just fine service pictures for my local camera club.
There are quite a lot for sale on EBAY and they are quite cheap. As they are small and almost silent then they are ideal for this type of server work.
There is one for 117GBP including an Apple wireless KB & Mouse.
Don’t get me wrong. I love hobby OSes and have been running one particular hobby OS for about 14 years. However, I think a hobby OS should provide an improvement over the OS you are replacing.
For example, back in 1994, when I first installed Linux, it was far superior to DOS/Windows 3.1 and let me do things with my machine that the Microsoft combo couldn’t. The same has stayed pretty much true ever since (except for in the game arena, but I’m not into that much).
In my opinion, for MorphOS to be useful to me on my G4 Mac Mini, it would have to offer something that I couldn’t get in Leopard, or it would have to do what Leopard does better. I wish the Morph guys all the luck in the world and hope they come to that point eventually.