Paladin of the Pegasos
Posts: 1289 from 2003/2/25
[This is a personal reply. What I write here is not necessarily the opinion of the MorphOS Team.]
The registration server is a custom software, so it can't just run on your everyday and cheap web hosting provider. Maintaining an own server costs money and makes a lot of work to keep it up-to-date and secure, etc.
Also each registration must be handled and verified by a human. We don't let a machine do such important and critical things automatically. This also takes a lot of our time. Sometimes people have problems so this needs to be handled too (e-mail replies, trying to figure out what the problem is, etc.; usually remotely) which - as you can guess - also takes a lot of time.
Also nobody from the core team tested/ used a PowerUP machine since ages. AFAIR only one of our core betatesters has a PowerUP powered MorphOS machine in use currently still.
For less than a handful users per year it just makes zero sense to provide that as free (aka no-cost) service.
Pegasos, Pegasos 2, EFIKA and soon Mac mini users pay a lot of money for their licenses. The price includes all this support expenses.
Would you be willing to pay 150,- EUR for MorphOS 1.4.x for PowerUP which is no longer supported and will not receive updates anymore? Makes as much sense as resettling a colony of orang-outang apes in the Antartica.
You also have to consider that many new (independenly released) software will require a 2.x MorphOS. 1.4.x is yesterday.
The team has simply no ressources to support MorphOS PowerUP anymore. It probably was keept alive longer than donations allowed, I guess. And since the team can't sell it, providing support is not possible. Easy math.