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The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 2.5, the fifth new OS version since the debut of MorphOS 2.0 in the same month two years ago. MorphOS 2.5 finally adds the Apple eMac to its list of officially supported platforms. In addition to the extended hardware support, existing users will benefit from various bug fixes and a few new features. For an overview of the included changes, please read our release notes.

We strongly urge owners of eMac computers to carefully read our installation and troubleshoot 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 2.5 is available for download in our files section.
 

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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010, 01:27:37 AM »
Coolness, but WAAAH!!! Where is Power Mac G4 support? I thought that would be first? :lol:
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« Last Edit: June 04, 2010, 01:39:01 AM by redrumloa »
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010, 01:32:53 AM »
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Where is Power Mac G4 support?

In the pipeline. We didn't want to delay 2.5 any further (it was already delayed more than we anticipated).
 

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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2010, 01:34:58 AM »
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In the pipeline. We didn't want to delay 2.5 any further (it was already delayed more than we anticipated).

I'm just giving you a hard time! Good work! MorphOS is becoming very tempting again as the cost of entry is minimal...
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2010, 01:39:35 AM »
Yay - does cbm ed work with muicon and syscon now?
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2010, 01:43:20 AM »
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So are PowerMac G5's....

Afaik G5 support is not planned. Right Piru?
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2010, 01:52:06 AM »
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Wow, eMacs are cheap!

http://computers.shop.ebay.com/Apple-Desktops-/111418/i.html?_nkw=emac+1.25&_catref=1&_fln=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282

Yeah they are cheap, but those prices aren't even the cheapest I have seen.  In fact, I have seen many eMacs priced at well below $100 and some below $50 US dollars.  Even though some people still complain about the price of a MorphOS license, how can anyone not realize the excellent performance they can get for a very small price by getting a G4 eMac or MacMini and a MorphOS2.5 license key to run their Amiga programs and MorphOS specific PPC programs.  With E-UAE for MorphOS they can even run all their old hardware banging Amiga games.

For the curious Amiga users that just want to check out MorphOS, they can now buy a very cheap G4 eMac (if they are lucky they might find one for less than $50 US dollars, or even for free) and then download the demo version of MorphOS2.5 that runs without any restrictions for approx. 30 minutes, then slows down, until they decide if they want to buy the MorphOS license key.  IMHO there is no reason to not try it out now if you have any interest in seeing what it is like.

It does not surprise me that MorphOS support for the G4 eMac models has come before any PowerMac models, as there has already been some mention by members of the MorphOS Development Team that work on the PowerMac support was taking longer than they had first anticipated.  Hopefully support for the G4 PowerMac models will come out before the end of this year, but no one outside the dev team has any idea of how much more work needs to be completed before that can happen.

I am happy to see the steady progress they continue to make and the increase of available hardware models that MorphOS runs on.

Congratulations MorphOS Dev. Team and keep up the great work.  Competition and different choices for Amiga users past and present is a good thing in many ways (but not all).
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2010, 01:57:09 AM »
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For the curious Amiga users that just want to check out MorphOS, they can now buy a very cheap G4 eMac (if they are lucky they might find one for less than $50 US dollars, or even for free) and then download the demo version of MorphOS2.5 that runs without any restrictions for approx. 30 minutes, then slows down, until they decide if they want to buy the MorphOS license key.


Which is available for 111,11 EUR now btw. :)
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2010, 01:57:30 AM »
Oh my god! What a great birthday present!
 
Gotta install this baby tonight on my Peg 2!
 
Awesome news MorphOS Team!
 
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2010, 01:59:59 AM »
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Which is available for 111,11 EUR now btw. :)

That is very good to hear. It is priced reduced or on sale? That coupled with the recent decline of the Euro against the USD makes it a lot easier to swallow.
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2010, 02:08:20 AM »
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That is very good to hear. It is priced reduced or on sale? That coupled with the recent decline of the Euro against the USD makes it a lot easier to swallow.


From the news page:
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04.06.2010 - Special Celebratory Price

In anticipation of the 2nd anniversary of the release of MorphOS 2.0 later this month, you are now able to purchase a MorphOS keyfile at the special celebratory price of 111,11 EUR (includ. 19% VAT), the same price that was available to the very first buyers of version 2 of MorphOS during our introductory phase in 2008.
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2010, 02:18:06 AM »
111.11 Euros!  That is also great news.  If they will allow me to pre-purchase a license key for a PowerMac at that lower price now and wait until support is finished, I would send them the money tomorrow and double my search for a suitable G4 PowerMac.  I have already purchased a MorphOS supported PowerMac graphics card in anticipation of the future release of a MorphOS version that will support the G4 PowerMac.

Edit:  Nice list of improvements since version 2.4, can't wait to download and install it on both my Efika and my G4 MacMini.
« Last Edit: June 04, 2010, 02:46:22 AM by amigadave »
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Re: Public Release of MorphOS 2.5 & Introduction of eMac Support
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2010, 02:27:53 AM »
Out of curiosity, why is the G5 line not planned on being supported?  is there some difference between G4 and G5 that makes it impractical?