Pros & Cons of using MorphOS . . . . and other OSes
  • Order of the Butterfly
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    Minuous
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    >>It's still lacking some basic stuff and is the most unstable Amiga compatible OS despite being available for the longest time

    >I do not know what features you mean here.

    Presumably he is talking about the fact that almost every feature that has been added to AmigaOS in the last 20 years or more is missing from AROS. This needs to be fixed if it is ever to be a serious AmigaOS replacement.

    [ Edited by Minuous 15.08.2020 - 03:34 ]
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    OlafSch
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    @Connor

    of course my main interest is 68k branch

    That is where current most users are. Outside there are lots of options (including even free of charge). A difficult sell for a commercial but obscure OS like MorphOS. But we will see after ISA change..

    @Andreas Wolf

    Then promote it there between the old apple users. It might offer some potential
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    OlafSch wrote:
    The title is "Pros and Cons using..." and nothing of daily use

    You should also read the actual post too, because it doesn't fit fully to the title, which is also shortened as you can see from the "....".

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    If you would look at "daily use" then it is silly to compare anything amiga related with modern platforms like Windows and Mac (or Linux). Take only the huge software bases and development support.

    That's your opinion. The OP especially asked comparison/opinions between the mainstream operating systems too. And I tried to give valid opinions from my point of view. After all, I am using MorphOS as my daily computer instead of anything else and I feel entitled to express my opinions when asked.

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    "So, you can't say it's a generic option on AROS, and even then you're forced to use MUI 3.8 or newer unofficial MUI branch which has the same issues as on OS4 too, so a "con" still."

    That is more a con for MorphOS in my view. If there would have been interest MUI would have become a real standard on all platforms. Now there are lots of different and not compatible implementations.

    From my point of view, as a user and 3rd party developer, it certainly is a pro for MorphOS. When I code MUI programs according the documentation, they always work on MorphOS. But when I do the same for AROS/OS4/OS3, I always have to make work-arounds for bugs and non-implemented features even though they should support the same things. So at the current situation this is definitely pro for MorphOS and con for others. I have reported some found issues for OS3/4 MUI development branch and have got some of the issues fixed there too, but why should this be my job when I'm not even a daily user on those platforms.... and I know there are still things to be fixed on those unofficial branches and Zune, which causes their whole systems more unstable. Pro for MorphOS no matter how you would like to turn it around, because MUI is still used on all platforms.


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    > Then promote it there between the old apple users.

    Unfortunately, I very much suck at promotion :-)
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    @ OlafSch

    You often neglect that MorphOS is actually able to be a daily driver. Look, I can do most of the stuff I like to do on MorphOS. There are limitations on each system. And while on MorphOS limitations are primarily on some internet things or office stuff, I am better on managing my files.
    Keeping control is way easier with MorphOS than with Windows or OS X. The price is a slower cpu and less applications. For me it's worth that. I, as some other users, actually use MorphOS productively as main system. I haven't heard of many AROS users who do the same. On OS4 there are quite a few, too.

    But today probably noone is using one system 100%. I also use Android, Windows and - rarely - OS X. Depends on use case and environment - while not at home I mainly use Android these days, even I actually dislike it and most of the apps very much, but a 7" tablet or smartphone is way easier to carry in my bike hanle bar bag than a laptop...
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    Amiga Os 4.x nice os

    pros:
    - everything from 68k software worth of use works, albeit some software need some work with configuration
    - hardware is many times faster so software from 68k that works is more usable than on 68k
    - more software than Amiga Os 3.x - OWB, Apache, HollyWood
    - OpenGL with shaders
    - gdb
    - has original mui
    cons:
    - not cheap

    MOS ppc also nice os
    pros:
    - cheap hardware
    - everything from 68k software worth of use works, albeit some software need some work with configuration
    - hardware is many times faster so software from 68k that works is more usable than on 68k
    - more software than Amiga Os 3.x - OWB, Apache, HollyWood
    - has original mui
    cons:
    - no gdb - custom solution for debugging
    - no decent OpenGL

    Aros x86 and arm
    pros:
    - none
    cons:
    - it is unstable
    - it is not compatible
    - zune is not compatible even with last classic MUI 3.7 from 1997

    Aros 68k
    pros:
    - with patches for original Amiga Os 3.x it can be made something usable
    - original mui works
    cons:
    - slower than Amiga Os 3.x

    Amiga Os 3.x
    pros:
    - history
    - original mui works
    cons:
    - no decent OpenGL
    - hardware is either very very slow or prices are pure bs

    Main problem with 68k is hardware.
    It is rare, it is fragile, it is expensive, it is not fast.
    It is possible to get something that reach speed and comfort of cheap pc from windows 95 era
    but price is usually almost double of Amiga X5000.
    for example a4000 plus cyberstorm ppc plus g-rex plus voodoo.
    cheaper solutions always lack something.
    either mmu and 3D like vampire, either fast graphics.
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    > MOS ppc [...]
    > more software than Amiga Os 3.x - [...] Apache, HollyWood

    Apache and Hollywood also exist for OS3, and MorphOS doesn't even have newer versions of those AFAIK.

    > MUI 3.7 from 1997

    That would be MUI 3.8.
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  • Paladin of the Pegasos
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    I won't say anything about OS4 because pretty much everything I'd say would be in the con side and I don't want to pollute this thread with perceived bashing.

    MorphOS
    Pros:
    Can be used largely as a real life modern computer. Use OWB for a few days, then switch over to OSX 10.58 and try to use TenFourFox! It is truly stunning how god awful and slow it is even on a 2.7Ghz G5. My g5 with MorphOS is the "modern" computer in my retro workshop. Development is seemingly the best given it's size. We all know most of MorphOS' strong attributes.

    Cons:
    We still haven't migrated to x86-64. Apple Mac hardware is truly getting old at this point.
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    We will see how successful the X86-64 Port will be

    It is certainly a huge effort (expecially to integrate all sorts of transparent emulations and modernize everything) but I personally doubt if there is a real need for it outside of the morphos community. Additionally it will be relative costly (license fees for morphos and mostly needed new hardware whereas you today get the OS for free or at least very cheap and can use standard hardware you already have, only exception Apple of course).

    [ Editiert durch OlafSch 18.08.2020 - 10:06 ]
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    @Zylesa

    Certainly you can use MorphOS for daily use to some degree and for sure there are much more users using MorphOS daily than Aros users. There were almost nobody using Aros as a main system as far as I know.

    But finally software today defines what you can do on a system and there (and additional driver support) is Windows unbeatable. Even Linux cannot compete there. MacOS only in certain specific fields. The broadest support has windows. You also find most informations for windows if you have a problem (f.e. something not working). That is for me much more important than the weaknesses windows certainly has. Think f.e. if your harddrive with important data not working anymore. On Windows you have still chances to save data, on morphos?

    If you do not need up-to-date software and only use it for private purposes you can certainly live with morphos too.
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    @OS3 (and Aros 68k)

    I wonder why noone mentions the huge software base as pro

    It is by far the biggest of all amiganoid systems
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    @ppcamiga1

    "- slower than Amiga Os 3.x"

    that is one of the areas where it is worked on at the moment
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    OlafSch wrote:
    @OS3 (and Aros 68k)

    I wonder why noone mentions the huge software base as pro

    It is by far the biggest of all amiganoid systems

    Because it's outdated in every aspect (remember, the question was about daily usage).

    On MorphOS you may have smaller native program software base, but it's more up to date for today's requirements and more focused what's needed today. For example, web browsing, media players, image processing programs, all kinds of viewers (image, PDF, comics, etc), emulators, UTF-8 support with all kinds of programs, development tools (IDEs, compilers, etc), remote access and filesharing (RDesktop, SSH2/SSH2FS, 64bit supporting file sharing, SFTP, Synergy, etc), modern IMAP email, updated desktop and Intuition that renders many legacy programs obsolete, etc, etc.

    It's just that the whole experience by OS and available applications is at a whole new level and closer to today's standards for daily usage. I just couldn't even consider stepping down to OS3 from this anymore, even if there would be enough raw power to run things faster. The whole ecosystem is that outdated now.

    And the still usable software from OS3 runs fine on MorphOS too (like the best image and word processing programs from 68k), so I don't see this worth being a pro for OS3.
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    OlafSch wrote:
    The broadest support has windows. You also find most informations for windows if you have a problem (f.e. something not working). That is for me much more important than the weaknesses windows certainly has. Think f.e. if your harddrive with important data not working anymore. On Windows you have still chances to save data, on morphos?

    Eh, fatal issues I've got during the years on Windows machines haven't been easily solved, and usually the suggestions you find on the web haven't been working. For example, my missing login prompt issue I mentioned earlier, has apparently been a relatively common problem with Windows 10, but still nobody seems to know what triggers it and how to fix it. There were dozen of suggestions which might have been working in some cases, but they didn't work for me and for many others either. Many times the only advice you get, and have to do finally, is to re-install the whole damn thing.

    The pro with MorphOS is that you can ask help directly from the core developers who know every bit in the OS. They can even provide quick fixes/test binaries privately as we've seen many times. Filesystem issues have also been solved usually, and it's quite easy to make images of whole partitions/drives when trying to fix them. The existing tools can also usually fix the problems. I still haven't had to fix harddisks on MorphOS, but have had some easier or harder recovery projects on Amiga, and I've got them all fixed finally. There is quite much knowledge available when asked.
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    OlafSch schrieb:
    @Zylesa

    Certainly you can use MorphOS for daily use to some degree and for sure there are much more users using MorphOS daily than Aros users. There were almost nobody using Aros as a main system as far as I know.

    But finally software today defines what you can do on a system and there (and additional driver support) is Windows unbeatable. Even Linux cannot compete there. MacOS only in certain specific fields. The broadest support has windows. You also find most informations for windows if you have a problem (f.e. something not working). That is for me much more important than the weaknesses windows certainly has. Think f.e. if your harddrive with important data not working anymore. On Windows you have still chances to save data, on morphos?

    If you do not need up-to-date software and only use it for private purposes you can certainly live with morphos too.


    You are belittleing MorphOS again. I use up to date software also on MorphOS and I use it privatly as well as for my job and business. But not exclusively. Pluralism is the key.
    Look for example to the castrated UIs of Android apps - doing real work with it? Close to impossible IMHO. Managing files - well, there is total comander which is a great app, but still it is way more efficient to manage files on MorphOS. And try to use them w/o having google listen to everything what you do - not so easy (on ios devices the same, but with Apple in google's position).
    And as far as that software availablility is the key factor. Only partially true. It's more the overall workflow. I do quite different things, but most stuff I can actually do on MorphOS. During the last months of course a video conference software (in particular Zoom) would have been great. Currently probably the most missed thing on MorphOS. But then again that's more an application Android is good for. I keep it pure and hence rather secure on the tablet.
    Other, rather special purpose software I just under windows. Or I replace it with other applications or program a solution for my own. Depends on mood and need. The statistics for my last scientific work I actually did with Turbocalc and custom written statistic functions in Hollywood and a little help from a statistics website). Why? Because it was actually idiotic to let the big dog spss going on that hand full of scores. And to get myself a bit deeper into the used test methods. Just using the "industry standard" makes you boring. I see it enough - all the ppl who fire up spss (or #?) on little things and in particular doing just the learned ANOVA test (where other tests would be be better). Programming it yourself, makes you think about it. Just using Windows and spss instead would make my brain dry out.

    In general I wouldn't call any OS better or worse in general. It's totally dependent on the individual use case. I my case MorphOS does most of the stuff best.
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    amigadave escribió:
    I sincerely hope that this thread does not generate any bad feelings, or ugly comments, as that is surely not my intent. So, please at least try to stay objective and factual with your comments. Here is/are the question(s);

    What are the Pros and Cons of using the following OSes for daily computing needs:

    MorphOS
    AmigaOS4
    AmigaOS3.x
    Linux (whatever flavor)
    Windows
    MacOSX

    Comment on any combination of the above OSes, but please at least include MorphOS and one other OS for comparison. I will be using the answers posted here to help me provide answers to AmiWest Show attendees, who ask me why I prefer MorphOS, or how other users are using MorphOS as a daily use system. I will appreciate well thought out answers to this thread, as they will be very helpful to me in preparing for the upcoming show in about 2-1/2 months.

    Optionally, if you wish to also include how, or what changes you would suggest to improve MorphOS, I would be interested in reading those suggestions. Thanks in advance for your answers.



    good morning, I would include Aros and Eros to this list since they are AmigaOS but the focus is on another branch ...

    It seems to me that MorphOS is by far the authentic AmigaOS NG but currently ApolloOS is creating without knowing it, the AmigaOS with the largest number of users since it is focused on its ARM Vampire FPGA and this will help to load it in Raspberries and similar more powerful boards like nvidia with powerful GPU ... I wanted to comment on an important detail that I think MorphOS should look at right now.

    The best asset of MorphOS is its interface and robust operating system, but the problem is in how complex it is to match with end users, like me, who do not have hardware compatibility with mass user architecture.

    iCaros and Eeros are on the right track but they are alone and with few resources, they have known how to use Linux applications and the AmigaOS environment with the possibility of using Linux UAE to load x86k (Eros, icaros does not do it well) and Commodore Vision created the exemplary distribution of the AmigaOS, it was a linux but the entire user interface was AmigaOS and it loaded x86k via Linux UAE.

    MorphOS has the largest software development in PPC but could go further by focusing on ARM and x86 thanks to the approach of Commodore USA or Aeres.

    It would be great to be able to have an AmigaOS with no Applications problems, to be able to load updated Blender and all current linux software natively.
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    > Eros [...] Eeros [...] Aeres

    ;-)

    > I would include Aros and Eros to this list since they are AmigaOS

    AEROS is AROS running on Linux.

    > ApolloOS [...] is focused on its ARM Vampire FPGA

    The Cyclone V E A5 (part number 5CEFA5F23C8N) used on the Vampire V4 does not have any ARM core.

    > this will help to load it in Raspberries and similar more powerful boards

    Even if the Vampire's FPGA had an ARM core (which it does not), this wouldn't help with running ApolloOS, which is m68k, on any ARM-based device.

    > x86k

    ;-)

    > Commodore Vision created the exemplary distribution of
    > the AmigaOS, [...] the entire user interface was AmigaOS

    That's some skewed statement for sure.

    > MorphOS [...] could go further by focusing on ARM and x86
    > thanks to the approach of Commodore USA or Aeres.

    I don't think that CUSA's approach of creating a Linux distribution (Commodore Vision) is something the MorphOS team should follow. Btw, MorphOS for x86-64/AMD64 is already being developed, albeit with its own kernel, not using Linux underneath.
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    I can't think of major cons for any of those systems, except perhaps macOS, it's much worse than OS X, you have less control and it seems the idea of going with custom chips is to make it a walled garden like iOS. MorphOs is fantastic because it runs new software, has great SDK, runs legacy apps like native, etc. Windows - takes time to setup properly, certainly doesn't have any spyware (app insights is about gathering usability information), but otherwise it's boring. Linux - the sky's the limit, you can do anything on it and you can run it on a wristwatch or a space rocket. Amiga OS 4 - I have to say I've lost interest over 10 years ago so I can't comment (I did buy it, just never got around to installing it).

    [ Edited by mac6six 22.02.2021 - 11:12 ]
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