Some interesting news in Next-Gen Amiga-land

MorphOS on x5000 – again
So, after my last post about the rumors of MorphOS on x5000, it appears that it wasn’t an April fool’s joke after all. Here are a couple more pictures:

Also, porting MorphOS to 64bit Intel/AMD is currently underway, as described by famed MorphOS developer Mark “bigfoot” Olsen:


When MorphOS gets ported to AMD64, we will not be supporting Macs. AMD64 Macs have all the wrong hardware for that to make any sense. When such a time does come, expect us to support one desktop motherboard (with one family of CPUs and GPUs) and one laptop. We’ll of course make sure it’s hardware that’s actually available one way or another.

Does this mean PowerPC development will stop? I would think it would sunset at some point, but I don’t think they’d immediately cut off PowerPC users, unless they have resource/staffing problems. I’m all for the switch to either x64 or ARM as either have a roadmap for the foreseeable future and in the case of x64 (and eventually ARM) will provide a huge amount of horsepower for apps.

Hyperion Entertainment breaks the silence

Hyperion Entertainment finally broke the silence on their website. The relevant parts indicates that they are NOT bankrupt and that development is ongoing:

Contrary to some news items posted on certain websites, Hyperion Entertainment CVBA is not in a state of bankruptcy. Due to an unfortunate set of cirucmstances, the company was temporally listed as “bankrupt” despite the fact that the conditions for bankruptcy were never met and that in the eyes of the law, the company was never bankrupt.

Development of AmigaOS 4 (which recently culminated in the release of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition) is and has been ongoing albeit that some resources had to be directed away to support the upcoming hardware of A-EON Technology.

The company is in the process of reorganizing itself by opening up its shareholdership and appointing a new executive director. More details on that will follow when all legal formalities are behind us.

However, they did ask that everyone update from older 4.1 to Final Edition as they’d said previously that they didn’t have the resources to update former version, AND Final Edition, AND finish 4.2.

Glad to hear they are still around!

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MorphOS on the new A-Eon x5000?

Things have been quiet in MorphOS-land for a while now. I’m speaking in terms of new OS releases. The current release (as of this writing), is MorphOS3.7, which is a fantastic OS. I run it on a G4 PowerBook.

There has only been a single platform that would allow for both Amiga OS 4.x and MorphOS to run side-by-side, and that is the Pegasos II system. At the time of MorphOS 2.3 (around 2009), someone did some benchmarks and found that MorphOS really ran a lot faster than the OS4.1 of that time (not sure which update would have been around then). You can read it here (in French):

A while ago, I pondered about the power of the X5000 that A-Eon was building for OS 4.2. One of the comparisons was the 5040 CPU that a future update to the X5000 would have compared to the fastest G5 from IBM (which is the currently fastest machine supported by MorphOS). The 5040 in the x5000 would outrun the G5, but I think only if more than a single core was supported.

Both the OS4 team and the MorphOS developers have talked about multi-cpu support (SMP), but neither has demonstrated anything.

I think the battle between the two OS’s will heat up when the x5000 is released as we have seen a leaked rumor about MorphOS support for the x5000 coming.

Is this fake or not?