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Posts: 2516 from 2006/3/21
From: Lake Arrowhead...
Then we could use the existing Linux based UAE for backward compatibility with Amiga programs. I think this is the only feasible way forward that would allow greater flexibility, and possibly the MorphOS Dev. Team could even make it so we could run any Linux program with little or even zero changes, or recompiling, from this new version of MorphOS for ARM.
Not quite how it works... Sure you can use the linux kernel for drivers.
However if you want to use linux applications without "porting" you basically become a linux distro as you need to include all the dependencies required for running the applications on top of the linux kernel.
What Pascal is doing is basically running AROS hosted and piping commands to the linux side from AROS while displaying them in linux.
I am sure you are right, but my thinking is that our MorphOS Dev. Team is smart enough to develop something new and different, that takes advantage of the Linux kernel for drivers, plus build an interpreter, or intermediate layer of some kind that allows the new MorphOS to run Linux programs, but maybe not be just another Linux distro.
I suppose they could even use a different kernel that provides all the drivers we need, but I believe that building some kind of Linux compatibility, or emulator, or interpreter, of some kind that would allow us to run most, or all Linux software, would increase the chances of success greatly. We would instantly have tons of software available to us, and existing Linux developers could more easily develop new software for MorphOS as well.
Perhaps my idea is not feasible, but I assume nothing is impossible until someone actually tries to do it and fails repeatedly, or proves the idea is flawed from the very beginning with some hard facts. Even then, there is usually always a way around obstacles, but sometimes the effort is not worth the results.
Edit: On second thought, I guess it would just be better if we could more easily recompile Linux software to run on the new MorphOS, instead of trying to implement an X-Window replacement on MorphOS. I suppose that just by switching to ARM or x64, it will make some things easier to port to MorphOS in the future.[ Edited by amigadave 05.09.2015 - 19:00 ]
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