Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 18:16 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation "After a long delay, eComStation 2.0 GA will finally become reality. It will be released in time to be presented at the Warpstock Europe 2010 event which is held in Trier, Germany, from May 14 to 16. We consider eComStation 2.0 to be the biggest overhaul of OS/2 so far. Together with a team of both hired and volunteer developers, we have extended the functionality, removed limitations, updated hardware support as far as possible, and resolved close to 1000 issues that had been reported since the release of eComStation 1.2R. The new eComStation 2.0 GA is the result of several years of combined efforts and investments."
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YAY!
by poundsmack on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 19:04 UTC
poundsmack
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2005-07-13

reallllllly looking forward to this. Would make a nice dual boot option for my QNX and WinCE laptop. Ecomstation would be perfect as the 3rd os, for those times that QNX or WinCE just don't cut it as a desktop os.

it's all about the battery life baby!

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RE: YAY!
by fretinator on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 19:11 UTC in reply to "YAY!"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

reallllllly looking forward to this. Would make a nice dual boot option for my QNX and WinCE laptop. Ecomstation would be perfect as the 3rd os, for those times that QNX or WinCE just don't cut it as a desktop os. it's all about the battery life baby!


Correct me if I am wrong, but I bet you would be the only kid on the block with a laptop that tri-boots QNX, WinCE and OS/2 (eComStation). Just a guess.

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RE[2]: YAY!
by poundsmack on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 20:53 UTC in reply to "RE: YAY!"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

yup, maybe in the world. But my job requires me to to have a laptop that can stay on for close to forever, and a file system that stores very sensitive data that if the laptop was ever lost, no one being able to read its contents is a must. can you imagine trying to plug that laptop hard drive into a computer and watch something like partition magic try to figure out what the hell a QNX file system is? WinCE using exFAT is now easer to read with the introduction of windows 7 (and back posring that feature to Vista), and the JFS file system for eCom is another wild card.

that and i have a thing for obscure OS's. god i love them.

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RE[3]: YAY!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 24th Apr 2010 17:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: YAY!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

exFAT and JFS are easy peasy. QNX would trip me up ( aka take me more than an hour to identify and mount), though. But you should probably think about whole disk encryption, if thats a real concern.

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RE[4]: YAY!
by poundsmack on Mon 26th Apr 2010 15:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: YAY!"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

I have whole disk encryption set up as well via TrueCrypt, not to mention BIOS passwords needing to be entered to allow booting off the hard drive. the rest is a secret. was looking into PGP, but i am still not sure how i feel about it.

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RE[5]: YAY!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 26th Apr 2010 20:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: YAY!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, okay. That passes the BS test. Your data is safe from me. I don't have the right temperament for rubber hose cryptography.

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RE[3]: YAY!
by darknexus on Sun 25th Apr 2010 06:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: YAY!"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

yup, maybe in the world. But my job requires me to to have a laptop that can stay on for close to forever, and a file system that stores very sensitive data that if the laptop was ever lost, no one being able to read its contents is a must. can you imagine trying to plug that laptop hard drive into a computer and watch something like partition magic try to figure out what the hell a QNX file system is?


You better hope they aren't running Linux, since there's at least read support for the QNX filesystem. There used to be some preliminary write support for it too, but not sure if that ever developed into anything. If you're storing sensitive data, you'd better encrypt it in some way. Obscurity isn't much of a defense if your system gets snagged by someone who knows their shite.

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RE[3]: YAY!
by Lazarus on Mon 26th Apr 2010 03:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: YAY!"
Lazarus Member since:
2005-08-10

But my job requires me to to have a laptop that can stay on for close to forever


Kind of expensive, but you could always invest in a tritium battery ;^)

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RE: YAY!
by Tuishimi on Sat 24th Apr 2010 06:58 UTC in reply to "YAY!"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

It's pretty pricey.

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Good. Though it's really late. :-(
by rcsteiner on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 19:43 UTC
rcsteiner
Member since:
2005-07-12

Most of the boxes that I have which could run OS/2 or eCS 1.2 are effectively dead now due to CMOS battery issues (hard to replace a spot-welded battery), but I think I can resurrect at least one of those to take a look (since I paid for a copy and all oh so many years ago). I'm hoping the batteries are just spot soldered in place, not welded.

I ran Warp 4 FP 15 until maybe 18 months ago when that box stopped booting for unknown reasons. When I have the time, maybe I'll try to bring that one back as well...

Edited 2010-04-23 19:44 UTC

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

You can solder a new battery onto the leads of the dead one without too much trouble or risk, especially if you use heat sinks to isolate the leads from the mobo.

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e-co Member since:
2006-01-03

eComStation works fine on modern notebooks, barebones and servers -- http://en.ecomstation.ru/hardware.php?action=category§ion=brand

Edited 2010-04-23 22:47 UTC

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It's never too late :-)
by frajo on Sat 24th Apr 2010 12:11 UTC in reply to "Good. Though it's really late. :-("
frajo Member since:
2007-06-29

Most of the boxes that I have which could run OS/2 or eCS 1.2 are effectively dead now due to CMOS battery issues (hard to replace a spot-welded battery), but I think I can resurrect at least one of those to take a look (since I paid for a copy and all oh so many years ago).

Just join something like http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eComStation/ and you'll get sufficient information to be able to run eComStation on modern hardware.

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Demo CD
by OSGuy on Sat 24th Apr 2010 02:31 UTC
OSGuy
Member since:
2006-01-01

When will a new demo Live CD based on 2.0 be available? I want to know if it works on my laptop. My laptop model is not listed here: http://en.ecomstation.ru/hardware.php?action=category§ion=brand...

Edited 2010-04-24 02:34 UTC

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