Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 4692 from 2009/1/28
From: Delaware, USA
> Custom hardware = lame solutions like Tabor.
Isn't the X5000 also custom hardware?
Yes it is, and I'd like to buy an X5000/40 for myself.
But its not as lame as Tabor. Just overpriced for the performance it provides.
Raptor's hints about an MATX Power9 system make more sense from a price/performance standpoint.
However, I reserve the right to make impractical decisions about what I do with my own money.
What anyone else does is their business, not mine.
Again, it's a hobby, it doesn't have make sound economic sense.
Although, from an economic viewpoint, the additional funds represented by purchasing an X5000 vs a Tabor board seems justifiable to me as I would never be satisfied with the performance of a P1022 based system, AND I already own an FW800 PowerMac with a registered copy of MorphOS.
Practicality played an issue with the compromises made in the design of Tabor (and IMHO, less so with the X5000), and look at the results.
Also, I advocated the development of a P5020/5040 based system.
My friends have put a lot of hours into supporting it.
I don't feel it would be right not to back away from that and not purchase it.
In fact, even if PowerMac 11,2 support is introduced for MorphOS (I already own one), I'll still buy an X5000/40.
Further, I think it will make a nice collector's item.
Next, I'd like to point out again that I do not advocate Tabor.
And, unless a Power9 system or the T2080 laptop is adopted, the X5000 will probably be our last system that can be purchased new with the intent of running MorphOS.
This thread has made me pause to consider my rationale in supporting specific platforms.
Tabor still makes no sense to me.
The T2080 laptop and Talos boards make more sense as the primary market is composed of Linux enthusiasts, greatly increasing the potential size of the user base.
And development of the X5000 started before e6500 cored cpus or lower cost e5500 cpus were introduced.
There has been a learning curve here in seeing how long it has taken to develop and introduce this custom hardware.
One thing is certain, while I would like to see continued development of MorphOS, the operating system that has been proposed for the AMD64 ISA is a very sound idea.
As with the adoption of Apple PPC hardware, the long term plans of our developers seems quite well thought out.[ Edited by Jim 10.09.2018 - 00:52 ]
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