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    > You really build your whole perception of the world entirely on
    > URL's, don't you?

    *Online* world, yes. Linking is the nature of the WWW, so why should I repeat things and copy information over and over again instead of doing the WWW concept justice and linking them? :-)
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    Andreas_Wolf wrote:

    why should I repeat things and copy information over and over again instead of doing the WWW concept justice and linking them?


    EXACTLY! I hate when people generate loads of redundant information, by repeting things and carry over endless strings of messages just to add a single phrase.

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    Neko wrote:

    Once AROS is ported, there is an agreement in place between AROS and MorphOS which allows some code-sharing (for instance Intuition was based on AROS, although probably does not share the same code anymore) so that will spur on MorphOS development if the developers do choose to take this direction


    A very good point for new hopes for MorphOS. I feel glad that Genesi still bothers with us, while they left to sail more profitable seas long ago. What Matt says indeed could happen. But it's all up to MorphOS team decisions, which in turn is up to their resources. They are real life persons after all (really! :-) )

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    you thought running Android on your HTC Dream was a great idea, what about if you could run MorphOS 3.0


    I bet you know how to tease people, Matt. I think that installing MorphOS (or any other AmigaOS descendant) in a computer that is not a weirdo-cum-from-scrapyard, and can be bought at a regular store would be something too shocking for us (ex-)amigans. I bet few people would resist being faced to it, and would faint instantly in front of the store assitant, while holding the device in the hand, and remembering decades of misery and suffering finding computers to run our favourite operating system.

    You know why many people praised Genesi, don't you. Because this company gave us computers to have fun with. Sounds nerdy...

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    Neko
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    Click Products->32-bit Microcontrollers and then from the menu on the left of the new page, click 32-bit Automotive, and see i.MX.. every i.MX family.

    I'm not going to argue with you, you have too strict of a worldview to take in any information. Freescale do not care what you use the processor for, as long as you can use it. i.MX applications processors are specifically designed for multimedia, but there are plenty which have very little multimedia capability - up to the point that they can drive simple things such as dash displays (simple dial displays etc.) rather than playing DVD video or vectorized GPS navigation maps. But you can find an i.MX for those too..

    The MPC5xxx exists right now I am sure only to please auto manufacturers who have an already-existing very large codebase.
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    Once AROS is ported, there is an agreement in place between AROS and MorphOS which allows some code-sharing (for instance Intuition was based on AROS, although probably does not share the same code anymore) so that will spur on MorphOS development if the developers do choose to take this direction.


    Why do you feed the thread with nonsense like this? Whatever platform AROS supports has absolutely zero effect on MorphOS as they don't share that particular codebase (and they certainly don't share goals; AROS doesn't have to retain compatibility).

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    An ARM port of MorphOS would open up a LOT of markets including Smartphones etc.


    Certainly, however basing such a port on the Efika MX makes no sense whatsoever, it'd basically be market suicide unless the MX could somehow be coupled with MorphOS as a complete (and most importantly; widely attractive) product, ditching pretty much all compatibility (ie, not MorphOS as you know it today).

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    you guys have to really want it, first.


    I'm not sure the people who keep on ranting about this really do know what they want, and if something feasible was offered them they probably wouldn't want it anyway, so please just stop fueling this so-called debate.


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    ...rant, rant, rant... so please just stop fueling this so-called debate...


    wow, talk about negative attitude... you know binary compatibility with a 90s cpu/OS isn't everything a user asks...

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    amigadave wrote:

    Well, I for one would not be interested in replacing my iPhone software with MorphOS on my new 3G-S iPhone. For me MorphOS is a desktop OS and will always be that until it is available on a decent laptop too.


    There are lots of things happening in the mobile devices department right now. Speaking of Apple - they are about to release their first touch screen tablet computer, a mixture between iPhone and laptops. They have this "Codename Cocktail" thing going with EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music Group to create some kind of extended, digital "Music Album". More is coming. Yesterday I saw a newcomer mentioned in a Freescale newsletter, Isabella Products, with some similar product. A whole new category of digital life style products could be upon us - bigger and ahelluvalot more feature rich than small media players and phones, and at the same time a lot more mobile than laptops. And it's all about ARM, only ARM makes it possible.

    You speak about Apple, but they have their own OS and software, and they are building a whole ecosystem (and an Industry!) of little applications, widgets, media and services around this. But other (smaller) potential manufacturers that would want to enter this market lacks all this, which is an entry barrier for them. It's a new, unoccupied territory for OS's. There is a gap between the traditional embedded OS's and the traditional desktop/server OS's, and I think MorphOS (EDIT: or indeed AROS) *could* bridge this gap, since it's as lean and resource efficient as many of the embedded OS's, but offers a lot more than these OS's traditionally does, features that stretches quite far towards the desktop side. Here is MorphOS's strength IMHO, and if the MorphOS team has any commercial ambitions whatsoever, I think it's in this area (the "new mobility") they should focus. And if so, then ARM is the way to go.

    If they on the other hand consider MorphOS to be a serious commercial competitor on the desktop OS market (or the server market for that matter), then x86 is the logical way to go, so they at least can compete with Windows and MacOS on the same terms (Hardware wise at least, if you look at OS features and SW applications, then you'll realize what a poor option MorphOS would be here, but at least it would be on the same HW arena).

    Only if they forever will consider MorphOS to be nothing more than some hobby of theirs, something you dedicate a rainy afternoon of your free weekend when you are feeling bored, only then does it make sense to continue the PPC only route. If their ambitions aren't higher than that, then they can as well spend the next decade porting MorphOS to every single old PPC Mac model out there, because then nothing matters anyway.


    [ Edited by takemehomegrandma on 2009/8/27 17:40 ]
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    @ CISC

    I think that you, sooner or later, *will have to* choose a future architecture path:

    1. ARM (Mobility, consumer electronics, media devices, etc)
    2. x86 (Power, stationary desktop computers, servers, traditional laptops)

    And if you agree that it's plausible that you indeed will have to make such a choice at *some* point down the road, then don't you agree that it would make more sense to make the decision *sooner* rather than later?

    Of course, a third option of choice also exist (and that is the option to not make a choice at all):

    3. PPC only, always and forever.

    However, that doesn't seem like a path towards any kind of future, does it? Or if you think it does, could you please explain how?
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    > Click Products->32-bit Microcontrollers and then from the menu on
    > the left of the new page, click 32-bit Automotive, and see i.MX..
    > every i.MX family.

    Thanks, I see now. Didn't notice before. I guess you know what list I mean where only some i.MX processors are targetted at automotive use. Seems to be the kind of usual information inconsistency Freescale are noted for ;-)

    > I'm not going to argue with you, you have too strict of a worldview
    > to take in any information. Freescale do not care what you use the
    > processor for, as long as you can use it.

    I think you misunderstood my intention. I did *not* talk about what *I* think a certain chip can be used for if one wants to use it that way, but about what use *Freescale* themselves explicitly target that chip at. That's quite a difference, and that's why I countered your claim that *Freescale* would be targetting the i.MX515 at automotive use. Whether it's the case or not is unsure, as there are obviously contradictory information on the Freescale website. Fact however remains that the i.MX515 product page only lists netbooks and nettops as target applications.
    And just to illustrate that you misjudged my intention let me tell you that I would love to see a certain desktop operating system on a certain embedded image processor. Not quite fitting, right? ;-)

    > The MPC5xxx exists right now I am sure only to please auto
    > manufacturers who have an already-existing very large codebase.

    Which specific actual i.MX processors do you think could substitute the MPC55xx/56xx?
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    takemehomegrandma wrote:
    @ CISC

    I think that you, sooner or later, *will have to* choose a future architecture path:

    1. ARM (Mobility, consumer electronics, media devices, etc)
    2. x86 (Power, stationary desktop computers, servers, traditional laptops)




    Or

    3 Power familiy (from mobile phones to Super Computers) ;-)
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    Neko
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    Which specific actual i.MX processors do you think could substitute the MPC55xx/56xx?


    There are a couple things automotive companies want; CAN, MOST and FlexRay.

    The i.MX35 implements the CAN bus and it's a very reasonable little chip with equivalent performance to the MPC5121e (just without the dumb multi-port memory controller).

    MOST is a horrible automotive media communications bus which makes absolutely no sense in the modern world, but it has to be around for compatibility.

    FlexRay is pretty new and replaces CAN with a higher performance bus, and most automotive products with display will end up using something different.

    If you're designing a car from scratch and not just plagiarising chassis from old models and components from old models, any i.MX chip would do the job. For components such as OnStar (GM), MPC5xxx is already well in use and needs to be supported. For vehicle safety, you cannot just swap chips inbetween models..
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    Neko
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    @CISC

    MorphOS does not need to retain compatibility. Do you want to know what Freescale did when we told them we had an OS that had m68k compatibility on the Pegasos?

    They laughed. It's an absolutely pointless feature. Apple shipped MacOS X with a "MacOS 9 in a window" emulation rather than drag m68k emulation to X. They shipped OS X for Intel with Rosetta.. but that is far, far gone now (check out the stuff for Snow Leopard, they say it's 7GB smaller - that's 7GB of PowerPC fat binaries and compatibility layers and emulation cut down to only support 64-bit Intel systems)

    Whatever chip MorphOS runs on, it should be one where MorphOS can become more than an Amiga Workbench clone that runs applications which stopped being compiled 10 years ago. I can't think of a single component - besides translator.library/narrator.device and ARexx, the latter of which I recall is your project - which may still require something being emulated on the m68k. The whole m68k emulation thing also adds a tremendous overhead on the API.

    I've been involved with a couple Amiga-clone OS projects over the years and by far the best one was Carsten Schlote's CaOS project at Met@box. The thing was damn sweet; take AmigaOS and take out all those functions that did things the old way, and just do them the new way. No SetPatch+NewSetPatch+NewNewSetPatch+whatever, just one function that does it. You clean up the API and everything works so much better.

    Ditch all the Amiga Blitter assumptions and interleaved bitmap support out of the Graphics API. Throw away the 50Hz power supply clock! Actually implement real multi-user support and memory protection.. rework the input APIs and support Unicode across the entire system without weird hacks. Bundle a web browser class as standard. Stop being an emulation "box" and start being an operating system.

    A lot of those concepts got dragged into MorphOS by Stefan Stuntz for MUI 4 (which got rid of a bunch of libraries which caused some compatibility problems - amazing how many people used the "private" muigfx.library :)

    Maintaining compatibility is bloat, and if you market MorphOS outside of the <500 people who really want an Amiga clone through rabid zealotry, it is not required. MorphOS has an opportunity to become a top quality embedded operating system with a significant market share, but it will never be this way if you follow the Amiga development model and maintain binary compatibility.

    If MorphOS doesn't want to go in this direction, then I guess you will eventually stop getting registrations and bounties and everyone that matters will move to AROS, because for a community-written open source and "libre" project, they have a much better business model.

    Nonetheless, I wish you luck with your diminishing market.
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    @Neko

    Ouch...such a bitter post...

    Anyway, I wish you good luck with your new Efika. It would be interesting to know where most of your sales from the original Efika came from. Because I know many people bought one just for the fact that MorphOS ran on it and no other reason.

    Maybe you had way more "embedded" and "industrial" orders for it, making any MorphOS sales like a drop in the bucket, but maybe not.





    [ Edited by HammerD on 2009/8/27 14:14 ]
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    It's not bitter at all; it's pragmatic and realistic. They say the truth hurts, but most of the time it is just that - hard to swallow for people who "believe".

    Sales for the Efika specifically for MorphOS were very low. A lot of this is due to the delay of nearly 18 months to 2 years before a stable version of MorphOS was available for Efika.

    If we take the maximum serial number reported here in July (533) and assume a good quantity bought it for Pegasos, or Pegasos+Efika (=2 keys) or Pegasos+Efika+A4000 (=3 keys) in order of probability, then you're barely making up 2% of sales. At the top end, 5%. I just checked my tables and it is not statistically significant any way I work the numbers.

    In the end the Efika 5200B was not produced in large enough quantity to be a viable market for any OS - it would certainly net less than 1 Million EUR through registrations if EVERYONE bought a MorphOS license key, even if they all bought it after the price went to 150 EUR. Actual sales are less than 1/10th of that value.

    (remember this is more expensive than MacOS X or Windows 7 Home Premium)

    1m EUR is tantamount to paying 10 engineers for a year, after that, you would run out of money. If you take the 1/10th value above as a conservative estimate of how much money can be brought it for MorphOS, it basically means after tax and expenses, Ralph gets to eat ramen noodles, and everyone else continues to work as a hobby project with no remuneration.

    This is not a viable situation for a company to be in that creates an operating system.. the Efika MX cannot afford to wait 2 years for an OS port. What it could do is support an embedded application for MorphOS which is sold on the side for the Amiga Desktop Market.

    If you want me to be even more realistic: why would anyone buy MorphOS if AROS was free?

    [ Edited by Neko on 2009/8/27 19:51 ]
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    @Neko

    Most customers perceive free as a cheap substandard product with limited or no support. Example, Red Hat Linux does very well as a paid OS but free Desktop Linux struggles to gain any Windows market share. Apple repackages FreeBSD with NeXt wrapper and sells millions on thier hardware. No such luck for FreeBSD. Mac OS X is nice but so is FreeBSD which it is based on.
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    That couldn't be any further from the truth!

    That fact is that a lot of people see the free operating systems not as cheep, but as operating systems that have a GREAT deal of support.

    Look at linux in general, how many people are supporting linux compared to Windows? I really don't know the answer to that, but I am sure it is a lot more!

    I seriously doubt that ANY operating system will ever gain a decent share in our windows market.

    Mac OS X is based on FreeBSD? I bet Steve Jobs would have something to say about that. Mac OS X is based on the NeXt operating system. NeXt was more advanced than BSD back in the 90s, and still is!

    I make maps for a living and the software I use runs on Windows....I have no choice.

    As far as fun stuff, I prefer the Amiga platform, I always have.

    I can't believe that any hardware manufacturer could rely on the Amiga market.

    Morphos is too expensive. I have no intention of paying 150 eur for an os that doesn't even have half of the features of an OS the same price(Windows).

    I do love AmigaOs and MorphOS, I just think things have taken a wrong turn......

    This is a sad discussion.

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    http://developer.apple.com/opensource/


    It's based on NeXt & FreeBSD.


    From

    http://developer.apple.com/Darwin/


    "Beneath the appealing, easy-to-use interface of Mac OS X is a rock-solid foundation that is engineered for stability, reliability, and performance. This foundation is a core operating system commonly known as Darwin. Darwin integrates a number of technologies, most importantly Mach 3.0, operating-system services based on 4.4BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), high-performance networking facilities, and support for multiple integrated file systems.

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    @discreetfx,

    Do you really get that much support with MorphOS? Compared to AROS which has mailing lists and forums and an IRC channel too?

    The FreeBSD guys made their choice with their license which gets BSD software out to the rest of the world. The same license made WebKit the best browser engine on the planet - so much so that Apple, Nokia and Google's contributions (which they did NOT need to make) continue to make it the best free AND paid for browser on the planet (by paid for, I mean for Apple you would probably do better to be running a Mac, and for Nokia, the chances are you bought a $500 phone). The same kind of license, ironically, applies to the TCP/IP stack running on MorphOS, many of the included tools and features (including PNG icons).

    With AROS on the Efika MX, you need to buy the Efika MX. Isn't that a fair enough price for the support you'd get? The original idea was that the Efika port of MorphOS would be free, and Genesi actually paid up front for this (while it was still MorphOS 1.5), and until it took 2 years to actually get there, was still the plan.

    Did your 150 Euro make up for the 2 years without an OS update? :)

    Let's be honest; there is a lock-in with MorphOS, which is the hardware. It only runs on discontinued products. We no longer actively support the Pegasos and the Efika will probably lapse except for special cases in a few years. Apple have not made a PowerPC Mac Mini for 3 and a half years. It would be better for MorphOS all-round if it ran on hardware that, while still a lock-in to certain hardware models, was actually purchasable without going to ebay or Craigslist.

    Without that hardware available, the number of new users will be absolutely zero, and the market can only decrease.
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    We love AROS and are developing a version of Aladdin 4D 6.0 for it. It's amazing how far AROS has come recently. Having a virtual machine version was a great idea to get more people trying it out. AROS should have a basic version for free and a higher end version that costs money. It would bring in more resources to advance AROS even further. You bought up Webkit and it's awesome. Free works in that case since all web browsers have to be free thanks to Microsoft and the killing of Netscape. We don't mind Mac's and our main system is a MacBook Pro with an iPhone 3GS. MorphOS 2.3 is a fantastic operating system, it's future is up to the MorphOS Team. Quality software development always takes time and hard work. Only the MorphOS Team knows what a far price is for their labor.

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    Matt, I'm curious, is this your personal opinion or official Genesi policy?
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    Matt, I'm curious, is this your personal opinion or official Genesi policy?

    I guess it is official, looking at his signature.
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    MorphOS does not need to retain compatibility. Do you want to know what Freescale did when we told them we had an OS that had m68k compatibility on the Pegasos?

    They laughed. It's an absolutely pointless feature.


    Sure, as would I, why would you even mention it you daft bugger? :P

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    I've been involved with a couple Amiga-clone OS projects over the years and by far the best one was Carsten Schlote's CaOS project at Met@box.


    Sure, but the important difference here (as is what I was trying to tell you in my first post) is that they were trying to offer a complete and compelling product .. too bad they failed, as I'm sure Genesi will do too unless they come up with something that would actually appeal to a broader market.

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    Nonetheless, I wish you luck with your diminishing market.


    The same to you, next time you might actually want to read the whole post before replying... :P


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    Neko wrote:

    Sales for the Efika specifically for MorphOS were very low. A lot of this is due to the delay of nearly 18 months to 2 years before a stable version of MorphOS was available for Efika.



    .. And nothing to do with underpowered and lowspecced hardware? :)
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    @Neko

    Reading your posts through the thread, I'm not sure what your goal is. The first impression is that you want MorphOS on Efika MX (and ARM architecture, generally speaking). I guess there are more "business style" ways to achieve this, better than pitching PPC being a dead end (which may be true, but your way of using this fact in discussion is not very nice).

    The second thought is you are promoting AROS as multi-architecture AmigaOS clone, working (in the future) on Efika MX. But then promoting a product by bashing its competitors just does not work. It is also worth noting, that AROS software base is thin, even compared with MorphOS.

    The last alternative is just you are getting some cheap entertainment on this forum, but then I would't sign it with the professional signature.
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    hooligan wrote:
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    Neko wrote:

    Sales for the Efika specifically for MorphOS were very low. A lot of this is due to the delay of nearly 18 months to 2 years before a stable version of MorphOS was available for Efika.



    .. And nothing to do with underpowered and lowspecced hardware? :)



    That is capable of having up to 512mb RAM, but has been crippled by only being available with 128mb and having firmware that does not allow it to be upgraded to any other amount of RAM (or so I have been told).
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    But isn't there one real poblematic issue with MorphOS: What comes after the Mac port? I definitly like the step by step approach and think it was the best decision to use old Apple hardware to sustain hardware for the next time. But once MorpOS for the Mini (and maybe the powerbook and iBook) is out -- what's on scheudule afterwards?
    I think there are precisely two choices how to proceed:
    Either Keep the ppc path (however that wil be achieved) or switch architecture.
    In the 2nd case the alternative is either x86 or ARM. If ARM gets chosen, then the Genesi products seem pretty fine, but so do a lot of other products. The only advantage for Genesi woud be that in earlier times there was a cooperation between the MorphOS-Team and Genesi. I think the outcome was pretty nice...

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