I barely finished and published my MorphOS 2.3 review for OSNews, and here we have the release of MorphOS 2.4. The biggest improvement, if you could call it that, is the one thing a lot of people have been waiting for: MorphOS 2.4 includes support for the entire range of PowerPC G4 Mac Mini computers from Apple.
This release has been long in the making, as rumours, hints, and then definitive confirmationof a MorphOS port to the PowerPC Mac Mini started appearing a long time ago. This port works on all variants of the PowerPC G4 Mac Mini (so not on the Intel Mac Mini, obviously). Installing MorphOS on the Mac Mini is pretty much the same as any other operating system: hold down the ‘c’ while the MorphOS disk is in the drive, and go from there. This guide will help in setting up a dual boot environment with Mac OS X.
This release also includes a lot of bugfixes, but as a relatively inexperienced Amiga/MorphOS user, nothing really stands out to me. It’s a long list in any case, so that’s a good sign.
The upgrade is free for existing MorphOS 2.x users, and there’s a demo version available so you can try it out, but without the keyfile it will slow down after (I believe) 30 minutes of use. This is a good way to find out if MorphOS is worth your money. Speaking of money – MorphOS costs 150 EUR, which includes VAT.
this is great news! congratualtions to the MorphOS team for all your hard work. now i am off to ebay to get me a new old mini
Just run it off the LiveCD. Works fine, it is impressing fast, fast, fast!
Will do the actual installation tomorrow – have to think a bit about a clever repartion of the internal hdd (keep OS X or remove it).
Iâ€™ve been playing with it for the last few hours, need more time to see what I think of it. A *lot* of effort has gone into this. The installation and Live CD were very well presented with lovely icons and installer graphics. It boots stupendously fast, like 5 seconds.
With 3 to 4 times the CPU power of the old EFIKA boards, Mac mini finally provides a platform where Morphos can really shine. Still, I wonder how many people with old Mac minis around will want to shell out the $150 for this. Also, given that Mac minis probably sold in fairly small numbers when compared to G4 laptops, lampshade iMacs and probably even G4 towers and cubes, I wonder how long it will be before someone gets it working on a wider array of Macs?
Edited 2009-10-12 23:02 UTC