The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 3.4, which introduces faster R300 graphics drivers, improved video playback on G5-based systems, support for non-native display resolutions on various PowerBooks, screen blanker password protection, and numerous bug fixes and other improvements. For an overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.
Some serious improvements in there. Their market is probably small, but they release new versions at a relatively stable pace. One of the very few alternative operating systems that has managed to survive over the years where so many others fell.
MorphOS is interesting on its technical merits, even though it appeals to a very tiny market segment. I admittedly bought a used Power Mac G4 just to give it a spin, but I couldn’t justify the cost of buying the full MorphOS install. For Amiga enthusiasts, it’s potentially a better AmigaOS than the real AmigaOS 4. (I wish the competing camps could put their differences aside and merge, but that seems highly unlikely.)
MorphOS’s Quark microkernel has some neat features, and MorphOS almost qualifies as a real-time operating system. Given the widespread use of PowerPC chips for embedded applications, I hope the Quark microkernel can be used as an RTOS for these embedded systems (especially the rad-hardened avionics boxes that power spacecraft.) Does VxWorks have any competition as an RTOS for spacecraft avionics?
Edited 2013-12-18 03:05 UTC