Interview with Grzegorz "Krashan" Kraszewski, part 2
Due to 10000 char limit I had to split this text into two parts.
This is part 2:
* What are the biggest challenges MorphOS is facing?
Size of the community and low number of experienced programmers. While
number of users increases slowly, most of them are people choosing MorphOS
as their "return to Amiga" after years. Young users having no Amiga
background are rarity (but they still come). Of course users are
attracted by software, and when we exclude MorphOS Team members, there are
only a few people able to write high quality software for MorphOS. Porting
crappy SDL games is not the way...
* In the event of an architecture change, what would you prefer and why?
I have no preference in fact. There are two serious candidates for now,
x86_64 and ARM. Both have advantages and disadvantages. While ARM is
trendy now and may be considered more elegant from an engineer point of
view, Intel platform provides more computing power and seems to be more
open when we talk about available hardware documentation. Most popular ARM
devices are totally closed in this regard (Apple and Samsung devices).
Another chance is emerging market of "community computers" like Raspberry
Pi. The Pi however is a bit underpowered and still it is not fully open in
terms of hadrware specifications. I assume however more community driven
projects will appear, and this may be an advantage for ARM.
It may also happen that PowerPC vendors will try to go similar way. I've
read some announcements of "$200 PowerPC platform". If it gains some
momentum it may happen that we will stay on PowerPC for now.
* What future if any do you see for the PPC platform?
Well, it is rather hard to predict. Seems that Freescale given up with
consumer electronics and personal computer market, emphasizing industrial
and IT applications. Unfortunately it may mean that no affordable
hardware, which may be used as a personal computer, will be avaliable in
the future. On the other hand there are project like this:
If it comes into reality, it may be nice platform for MorphOS.
* Why should anyone chose MorphOS over any other OS?
This is wrong question. In fact MorphOS is not a system for anyone. I
would not recommend it for a regular Windows user for example. I would
recommend MorphOS to two categories of people:
1. People with Amiga experience and background, wanting to have "modern
Amiga". MorphOS works on wide range of affordable hardware including
laptops, this hardware is much more powerful, also MorphOS can be just
everyday system with its up-to-date webbrowser and other nice software.
2. People who want simple yet useful operating system to play with.
MorphOS is lean and straightforward. It gives full control to the user,
and because of its simplicity, one can simply know "what's going on" with
the computer. MorphOS is also easy to program with its modular API, and
gives a feeling of programing "close to the metal" for those, who like it.
On the other hand it provides well known GCC toolchain and also known
high-level languages like Python or Lua. MorphOS has also friendly
* What future do you see for MorphOS?
A steady growth. It will never become a mainstream system (who wants it
anyway? ;-) ), but its niche will grow, userbase and software base will
increase slowly but systematically.
* What would you like to see in MorphOS in the future?
Well, I have a few dreams, which may (or may not) turn into plans. They
are technically possible, but may never happen due to lack of free time.
1. Full Unicode support. While large parts of it are in place already,
some key elements are still missing.
2. Using additional processors/cores as co-processors (so-called
assymetric multiprocessing). This is the only way MorphOS can go multicore
without breaking backward compatibility.
3. Replacing AHI with a modern audio subsystem. AHI has some serious
design flaws and should stay only as a compatibility layer.
* Is there anything you would like to say to the MorphOS community?
Be active. User feedback is one of the strongest driving force for
developers. And Happy New Year 2013 for everyone :-).
Re: Interview with Grzegorz "Krashan" Kraszewski, part 2
MorphOS needs a modern networking stack.
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