Bright days ahead for the Amiga world. AROS is doing well, AmigaOS4 is getting one heck of a machine in the AmigaOne X1000, and MorphOS continues its development at a brisk pace. Version 2.6 of MorphOS, currently in development, will add support for (G4, I’m assuming) PowerMacs, which, alongside support for the Mac Mini and eMac, gives MorphOS a solid base of used hardware to run on.
At the PowerDev conference, lots of new development in the MorphOS world were demonstrated, chief of which is the improved hardware support. The PowerMac (I’m assuming the G4 versions) will join the Mac Mini and eMac as supported PowerPC Macs MorphOS can run on, and support for the PowerBook is underway too.
That wasn’t all, though. “A sneak preview of the new Ambient panel system was shown which has some quite unique features. These new panels will replace the old once in later Ambient versions,” Geit.de writes, “The new MorphOS scanner application and driver system Scandal was demoed to the audience by using an Epson scanner. It’s a quite nice piece of software and even the transparency unit worked.”
MorphOS can now also work with 3D displays. Avatar was played in 3D on a 3D monitor, but in all honesty, I find this 3D fad like looking at a glorified shoebox diorama – it’s not true 3D, it’s just a bunch of layers. Since my total lack of interest in this subject, it could very well be that this 3D thing is very easy to add to an operating system.
There’s no word on when MorphOS 2.6 will arrive, but when it does, I’ll be very, very happy. I have a dual 400Mhz PowerMac G4 with a Radeon 8500 waiting specifically for MorphOS.