Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 2533 from 2003/2/24
> Prices seem more realistic this time around.
I find 2300 USD for the mainboard plus CPU (and heatsink and I/O plate) quite a bargain. After adding off-the-shelf RAM, graphics card, sound card, storage controller card, storage drive and case with PSU it should still be possible to arrive at below 3000 USD for a complete POWER9 system.
much more "Bang for the Buck", than the X1000, or X5000 systems.
Yes, unlike overpriced Aeonkit HW, this is aftually kind of interesting and worth its price. But for MorphOS...?Quote:
Now that work has begun on the MorphOS porting to x64, I wonder if any of the MorphOS Dev. Team members would even consider supporting the TALOS Workstation, if they were given one of them for free by community members?
Why should paying customers provide them with free hardware? The team have money. They can buy any HW they are interested in. And they do, they bought the X5000's, the Sam, and all other machines they have supported.Quote:
I have not paid any attention to just how powerful the Power9 PPC CPU used in this workstation really is, when compared to the low cost x64 alternatives, but I can imagine that if it is even close to being comparable, then Jim must be salivating something terrible, wanting to have some great OS to run on it.
It's very powerful, but mostly in ways that aren't really relevant in a traditional Amigoid context I think. Considerable focus is put on massive bandwidth and parallellism. I can't really see where this makes sense or is harvestable for MorphOS.
I don't know. They have said that the Sam port meant nothing for platform growth of MorphOS, but meant a lot for cleaning and evolving the MorphOS source code. They have also said similar things about the X5000, i.e. not really about market/platform growth, they don't expect that to happen, that's not why they did it. Maybe a port to this system would mean possible cleanup and evolution of the general source code in some ways, that would be generally beneficial for MorphOS? Or just a cool journey of exploration for the developers?
But for users, a tight, highly integrated ARM CPU in a more traditional (low cost, cool and silent) computer context would be much more interesting IMHO.Quote:
I'm also guessing that running MorphOS that can only utilize one CPU core, on such a powerful system, would be a terrible waste, and we all know that we will most likely never see any form of SMP, or even ASMP for the PPC version of MorphOS.
Theoretically, if "MorphOS NG" is made hardware agnostic, including the SDK with a build system similar to Linux distributions, then there is no reason to why not more than one platform/architecture could be supported, including PPC and POWER.Quote:
Still, very interesting to see anyone outside the Amiga and MorphOS community still show an interest in a desktop PPC system. Edit: If this workstation can be considered a "desktop" computer?
IMHO it's something else. Even if it could be used as one, its features and design clearly has other areas of use in mind.
MorphOS is Amiga done right!
MorphOS NG will be AROS done right!