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The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of MorphOS 3.16. This release includes numerous important performance, stability and security improvements. A new version of Wayfarer comes included with the OS and replaces the now obsolete Odyssey Web Browser. We’ve also included the Iris email client, Magic Beacon notifications system and a Command-Tab application switcher. The Synergy Client and Server applications are now compatible with the free Barrier alternative. OpenSSL3 is now available as a shared library.

For a more extensive overview of the changes included in MorphOS 3.16, please read our release notes.

We strongly urge new users to carefully read our installation and troubleshooting guides before they attempt to install MorphOS for the first time. Existing users can upgrade via the familiar procedure but are encouraged to read the guides as well. MorphOS 3.16 is available for download in our files section.

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    I dream that, someday, MorphOS will be open source proper.

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      The Amiga community back in the day was oddly hostile to open source. Even programs released for free with no commercial ambition and (what was called) public domain licensing would generally never have their source code released and suggestions that the code be released were often scoffed at.

      I think there might be a bit of that going on here, but that is pure idle speculation. I don’t want to imply I know the reasons for MorphOS’s licensing.

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        Being open source hasn’t exactly helped AROS.

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          You think? I personally doubt AROS would be where it is today if it hadn’t been.

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            It is not as much about where it is as where it should be, considering it’s over 25 years long open source development.

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        I’m amazed these guys are still at it. Where’s the market for a new AmigaOS for Power Macs? How do they even make money?

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          This is not a for-profit project. The licensing fees are said to cover costs for hardware and similar purchases.

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          Is there any easily available hardware that’s well supported by MorphOS? Last time I looked at the compatibility list, most of the hardware on there had enough vintage appeal that you’d be competing with collectors to get it.

          I have an MDD G4 I could possibly use, but I don’t really want to give up my last MacOS 9 system. (And acquiring a separate hard drive for this purpose would be a PITA.) I’m also not even sure that it’s one of the well supported models.

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            eBay has a lot of iBook G4 in decent shape for less than $200

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              I’d been ignoring the laptops because I didn’t want to deal with battery and backlight issues on a 20ish year-old system, but maybe that’s the best thing to consider.

              I’m also thinking about scratching this particular itch with amikit on a pi 400.

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                Amikit is just a free emulator packaged up for profit, isn’t it?

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                  I have no idea about the status of any profit. It’s an emulator, a bunch of applications and a set of configs packaged up for a quick-ish and easy-ish start as far as I understand it. I haven’t tried to purchase it yet. If it’s nothing more than a free emulator, I won’t buy it. The packaging and curated configuration (=> quick start) are something I’d be willing to pay for, and if the emulator authors would sell that themselves I would prefer to pay them directly.

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              I gave away my aging iBook G4 about a year ago, mostly because I couldn’t find any FLOSS operating systems that had decent support for it anymore (with FreeBSD being the last OS I ran on it, but it didn’t support X11, and with NetBSD I had to compile all third party packages from source, IIRC). The screen’s backlight was also going and the fan started to make a buzzing sound but those things can be easily fixed for someone who is willing to.

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                The likelihood of failing backlights and batteries was what had me mentally writing off the laptops and looking at desktops. Where caps are of course an issue, but those feel easier to fix than a backlight, for right or for wrong.

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                  Amazingly, the battery was still in tip top shape, after 15 odd years! My Thinkpad battery didn’t last as long

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                    That is impressive. I’ve got a 12” G4 of about the same vintage whose battery is still good for a couple hours, too. But it has a GeForce video chip, and MorphOS decidedly does not support that. I keep it around as a good specimen of OS X Tiger on PPC. And also because I used it for 10 years and no one wanted it by the time I stopped daily driving it.

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                I gave away my aging iBook G4 about a year ago, mostly because I couldn’t find any FLOSS operating systems that had decent support for it anymore (with FreeBSD being the last OS I ran on it, but it didn’t support X11, and with NetBSD I had to compile all third party packages from source, IIRC). The screen’s backlight was also going and the fan started to make a buzzing sound but those things can be easily fixed for someone who is willing to.