MorphOS 2.7 has been released, and it’s mostly a bug-fix release. The one thing that stood out to me is that some work has gone into fixing bugs for several PowerPC G4 chips – more specifically, models used in PowerBook G4s. MorphOS has been demonstrated on the PowerBook G4, but official support for it has not been released yet.
MorphOS 2.7 Released
Submitted by Barana 2010-12-02 Morphos 9 Comments
Powerbook support is likely for 2.9. 2.8 will introduce new 3d drivers (300% speed). The Powerbook support needs some not yet done things like a battery tool. If everything works better than expected 2.8 may introduce Powerbook support already. But development resources are limited.
Anyway, with 2.7 there is now plenty supported hardware: PowerMac G4, Mac mini G4, eMac G4 1.25GHz, Pegasos 1 & 2 and Efika 5200B.
I have to say that MorphOS, must be one of the best OS’es I’ve ever used. I use MacOSX, Android, Windows 7 and MorphOS daily and have to conclude that in the end of the day. MorphOS feels like an operating system should!
1. Its very fast on my 1.5GHz MacMini PPC machine!
2. Multitasking at its best
3. Switching between screens in MorphOS (AmigaOS) is so much better done than on other platforms!
4. So easy to configure. Can edit almost everything without beeing an scientist.
5. Programs starts instantly. There is no loading or delay as in other operating systems!…
6. Great shortcuts
7. Good surfing experience with OWB. With further development, even better!
8. Reboot takes seconds
9. Turning off machine can be done thru the menu and it happens instantly. No waiting for shutting down.
10. Best MPlayer (multimedia) player for any platform. Like it very much.
11. AmIRC runs on MorphOS! Best IRC client ever for me
I dont say that you have to get MorphOS, but if you are tired of other OS’s slowness.. MorphOS might give you the kick that changes your day.
So, if you have a PPC mac which is supported, goto http://www.morphos-team.net
Will it be in the best interest of MorpOS to only support PowerPC?
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against power-pc but Macs able to run it is becoming outdated and scarce.
It seems the only new ready assembled computer you can buy able to run Morp (other than old Macs) is from Genesi. The Genesi Open Desktop Workstation
This product is not listed on it’s online store.
Some Linux distribution has also stopped supporting PowerPC officially. Fedora for one.
It’s much easier said than done, but would’nt it be in MorpOS best interest to port to other architectures as well?