Posts: 1319 from 2003/2/15
From: Central Europe
i haven't checked MorphOS news for years and if i understand it well the path chosen for the future is still X86/64 ? While it would have made sense a few years ago it's just the worst possible direction to take today.
No, it is not. You completely ignore aspects such as single-core performance (for emulation of legacy CPUs), comprehensive developer documentation, long-term hardware availability and longevity, etc.Quote:
MorphOS is a very lightweight OS that should run on small machines/CPU, not those X86/AMD64 uneffcient monsters. The future is more than ever about saving energy, Running MorphOS on a PowerMac G5 is such an ecological abomination.
You are completely ignoring that different energy sources have different harm profiles.
If you power your Mac G5 via solar, wind, geothermal or hydro power, there is zero ecological harm
in running your computer for many hours a day.
In France, where most energy is produced by nuclear power plants, I think you might agree that the amount of additional nuclear waste caused by people running PowerMac G5 computers would be immeasurably small.
Moreover, based on a 2011 study, as much as 70% of the energy a typical laptop will consume during its life span is used in manufacturing the computer. Energy expenditure for manufacturing a desktop computer was 50% higher even.
It is worthwhile to consider that running many older computers for longer periods of time before they get replaced can be more sustainable (savings of raw materials and - in some cases - even energy).Quote:
Think about the benefit of a PI4 MorphOS port, a fast enough machine for MorphOS, same drivers for everyone, low power consumption, easy to find (well maybe not since Covid) and CHEAP !
"Cheap" is a double-edged sword.
We have had quite a few people come here and complain that they found it incomprehensible that a MorphOS license would cost more money than the free (or close to free) PowerMac they managed to find, which they were only able to use in the first place because the developers spent countless hours to make the OS support these affordable machines.Quote:
The Raspberry PI4 (or future 5) is such a logical choice that i don't understand why it wasn't choosen as the future plaform, maybe too obvious ?
The AMD64 version of MorphOS that was demonstrated in Neuss was able to run PowerPC and 68K code. You could not really pull this off with Pi4-level single-core performance.