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Posts: 4856 from 2009/1/28
From: Delaware, USA
cyfm wrote:...X5000/P50x0 support is a completely different story, Mark and I were pretty aware that it wouldn't vastly increase the MorphOS userbase when we started to add support for it.
Yes, we discussed it before it was a commitment.
I understand that it provides us a platform that is available new, and that the point wasn't about the # of new registrations.
When has this ever been about income?
But the PowerMac 11 is close to supported already, and many more users could afford this then could budget in an X5000/X0.
Further,if we're overdue for an ISA switch how many are going to commit to purchasing an X5000 that aren't already OS4 users?
The last two major adoptions (SAM460, X5000) seem geared toward that community, so how about the rest of us that were already here?
We've been following the adoption and support of Apple PPC hardware, and we don't get our hardware for free.
That definitely limits the number of us that are going to make the X5000 upgrade.
That and the knowledge that a Quad G5 can probably top an X5000's performance.
And the fact its the last, and still the most powerful PPC system aimed at the desktop market.
Frankly, if I'm going to spend as much as an X5000 costs, I'd rather spend the extra $200 or so that a basic Power 9 system would entail. But that won't receive support.
All that not adopting the PowerMac 11 really does is produce a dampening effect on the community. so that people slowly leave rather than wait for the performance boost an X64 shift should provide.
Sure, you can dictate where the OS is going, but once you're down to a handful of us and the remaining developers, will you all see the point in going to the trouble to continue further?
I don't think we are making an unreasonable request.
That,or you can keep running this like a private club and continue to further alienate the community at large.
Edit: Apparently I was wrong about PPC emulation via QEMU, someone has corrected me and it apparently might be up to the task.
Also, an X64 platform is probably the better choice for concurrently running Windows, MacOS, or Linux via VM (no QEMU emulation of the cpu required).
That being said, I'd still argue that 11,2 support (and possibly Power 9 support) make sense as a final MorphOS PPC development.
But as cyfm has pointed out, its not my choice.
Then again, wherever the developers lead us, I'm sure that if they have the resources to produce it the end result will be spectacular.[ Edited by Jim 31.05.2018 - 17:57 ]
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