Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 2562 from 2006/3/21
From: Lake Arrowhead...
As several others have suggested, play around with your 32mb VRAM G4 MacMini, without registering it, to see if you like MorphOS. You will need to use the Amiga Kickstart ROM file(s) from your AmigaForever/AmiKitX emulation, copied to your MorphOS hard drive, to run EUAE, so you can emulate the majority of Amiga games that need the Amiga custom chipset and CIA chips to run properly. Otherwise, you will be limited to only running games that are "system friendly", which is probably only about 10% of all available Amiga games out there.
Make sure you will be satisfied with your 32mb VRAM MacMini, before you register it, as you cannot transfer registrations to another computer, unless your existing registered MorphOS computer breaks down for some reason.
Most of us here obviously think it is well worth the purchase price to register MorphOS, and many of us, if not most of us, have purchased registrations for 2, 3, or more MorphOS computers. When you think about what we have gotten over the past almost 10 years, for the single purchase price of the original registration, it is very economical as computer OSes go. You should also know that continued support for PPC computers is not guaranteed, as the Dev. Team has announced that they are working on porting MorphOS to x64 architecture some time in the future (not known how long it will take, but likely could be many months, if not several years).
That new version for a different architecture might, and I would expect most likely will, be a new OS that must be purchased, considering the huge amount work required to complete such a porting project, and the aim of the project to also include more advanced features, which will also break backward native compatibility with Amiga software. So, most likely the license you pay for on what ever PPC hardware you decide to register now, will not be transferable to the new MorphOS for x64 hardware, when and if it is ever completed and released.
Until then, our current MorphOS3.9 is a great OS, and 3.10 is expected in the near future, with new features, and support for the new A-Eon X5000 computer with PPC 5020 CPU (pricey, but the only new computer hardware that is supported by MorphOS, unless you can find a SAM460 for sale new somewhere).
So, have fun, and think carefully before you register your computer, as the registration is tied to which specific computer you register it for, not to your name, or anything else.
MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.