MorphOS — what the hell is it?

I ran across a reference to MorphOS recently. I thought at first that it was some sort of Linux variant, but then I detected traces of AmigaOS. This led me in turn to ultraspec-canada.com, who sell MorphOS machines, which also dual boot into Linux.
Apparently, IBM recognizes and/or recommends MorphOS or something. Maybe because it helps IBM sell PowerPC chips? I dunno. I couldn't find anywhere to download the code, although downloading the binary OS seems to be free.
All in all, a very curious thing.

Fedora Core 2 test3

I'm installing FC2test3 (last release before final) in the hopes that it will make MythTV run more smoothly. It includes built-in drivers for my video card, an ATi Radeon 9200. Previously, I had to install proprietary ATi drivers, which caused issues with MythTV.
As a bonus I noticed the following things in <a href=”http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/test/1.92/i386/os/RELEASE-NOTES-en.html””>the release notes:

Installation via VNC is now supported. To initiate a VNC-based installation, pass vnc as a boot-time option. If necessary, a password can be set by adding “vncpassword=” to the boot-time options. The VNC display will be “:1“, where is the hostname or IP address of the system installing Fedora Core.

Hm, actually, those were also in the release notes for FC1, so I guess it's not all that new. Well, the main reasons for wanting Fedora Core 2 (as opposed to FC1) are:
* 2.6 kernel (better user experiences)
* ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture)
* Silicon Image SATA support

Other notable changes:
* xawtv replaced by something called tvtime
* XFree86 replaced by X.org
* LILO completely replaced by GRUB (boot init stuff)

Update: According to bug 122215, support for my SATA chipset isn't in the test3 release. :-( So I will have to wait for “test4” or the final release.

Another flawed IDC study

MacCentral is running a story titled Microsoft dominance of OS market grows, IDC study says. Here's a brief excerpt:

Microsoft's Windows accounted for 55.1 percent of new shipments of server operating systems in 2002, up from 50.5 percent in 2001, while paid versions of Linux accounted for 23.1 percent of new shipments in 2002, up from 22.4 percent in 2002, the Framingham, Massachusetts, market research company said in its report.
The IDC report did not take into account the free versions of Linux available. That last line is the killer. Given the Open Source nature of Linux, there are many, many installations that are based on downloaded, free copies of Linux. Yes, there are many places that buy Red Hat or what have you, but certainly the number of free installs is significant. Any report on the installed base cannot ignore it. Instead of “Microsoft dominance of OS market grows”, the title should be “Microsoft share of paid OS installs grows”. If it were the case that free Linux installs accounted for 98% of the market this year, up from 23% last year, this entire report would read no different. *sigh.