Yes, why? Why on earth would anyone spend hours of their precious time playing around with an old software stack that probably won’t run at all on any modern computer without hours of frustration? I would say most people don’t want to do that all, they like things that “Just works” and they have no interest in learning why and how it actually works. Well.. I’m not one of those people.
A lot of the AROS/MorphOS guys are probably like me, they grew up with a Commodore/Amiga and spent their young days playing Superfrog & Stuntcar racer when not being artistic in Deluxe paint. Not all of us are old Amigans though, and you definietly don’t have to be one to be interested in a fast and open OS.
I’ve always wanted to know something about everything. I don’t think I even remember all the weird software and Operative Systems I’ve played around with. Of course I’m familiar with Linux, it was probably because of Linux that I wanted to learn more, when I realized that all I needed was knowledge and then I could change whatever I wanted since it was all open and free to play around with. (those glorius days when you spent a week just to get sound and graphics working on an ancient Linux kernel.. just to realize that KDE1 was so unstable that it crashed once every hour anyway..) Today, linux is far from a HobbyistOS, it runs on everything from giant servers to your androidphones and probably in your coffee-machine also (mine has one). This is of course a good thing since most hardware today are supported, without any frustrating hours trying to get your machine to connect to internet. It means that it probably “Just works” and you don’t have to understand everything about the kernel and all the modules. But me, I run Linux at work, I’m developing on it and I have it on my laptops, this is work for me and not hobby.
AROS to the rescue
AROS has been around for awhile, it means that if you got hardware that will run it, you can do all your basics tasks. That doesn’t mean that you could throw away all your other computers and be a happy cyber-citizen running only your AROS machine. Well, you could of course try that but you might be disappointed. AROS have a lot of applications if you search for it and most of the tools, however not always very polished. This is a HobbyistOS for me, learning how it works, find out what I miss and try to develop that piece of software or compile some already working solution from another OS. Solve the problems! That is the challenge and I will learn a lot from it.. or perhaps only become a lot more frustrated. Time will tell.