Linked by martini on Tue 10th Dec 2013 23:59 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation

A new demo live CD of eComStation 2.2 beta, the evolution of OS/2 Warp, is now available. The new live demo CD (beta 5) can be downloaded after a free registration from the eComStation site. There is some discussion about it on the OS2World.com forum.

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Awesome
by p13. on Wed 11th Dec 2013 09:39 UTC
p13.
Member since:
2005-07-10

Time to take it for a test drive.
I remember running warp v4 on my old ps/2 9585.

Good times.

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Worth a try
by biffuz on Wed 11th Dec 2013 13:30 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

the memory
requirements are quite steep (at least 160 MB of system memory).


I couldn't resist a laugh ;)

The only supported virtual machines for this Demo CD are Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Virtual PC.


Someone should tell them the latter isn't sold anymore.

I have old versions of both, I will give it a try. I hope it goes better than Warp 3 or 4, I was never able to use neither.

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RE: Worth a try
by zima on Wed 11th Dec 2013 16:39 UTC in reply to "Worth a try"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

>The only supported virtual machines for this Demo CD are Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Virtual PC.

Someone should tell them the latter isn't sold anymore.

Last time I tried (few months ago), the older Microsoft Virtual PC was available for a free download from MS site...

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RE[2]: Worth a try
by henderson101 on Thu 12th Dec 2013 12:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Worth a try"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

And if you install Windows XP mode in Windows 7, you also get Virtual PC included (as that is what runs the VM).

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Comment by shakeshuck
by shakeshuck on Wed 11th Dec 2013 23:25 UTC
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Member since:
2011-03-21

"The only supported virtual machines for this Demo CD are Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Virtual PC."

OS/2 has come a long way since those days it was competing against microsoft... the only VMs supported are those owned by them!

Edited 2013-12-11 23:26 UTC

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RE: Comment by shakeshuck
by biffuz on Thu 12th Dec 2013 15:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by shakeshuck"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

Parallels isn't owned by Microsoft.
There's a technical reason for this limited support, though: currently Parallels and VPC are the only VM to emulate the x86 instructions required by OS/2.
But now I'm reading that VirtualBox does it too. I'm going to try it right now ;)

EDIT: ok, it displays the desktop background and the taskbar (with CPU usage and clock which are updating), but no icons, the mouse pointer has a hourglass, and doesn't respond to clicks. Sigh.

Edited 2013-12-12 15:18 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by shakeshuck
by Lonney on Thu 12th Dec 2013 20:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shakeshuck"
Lonney Member since:
2013-12-12

Boots and runs fine on VirtualBox 4.3.4 with the extensions pack installed. Using the default settings for OS/2, thou I did bump the memory to 512mb.

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RE[3]: Comment by shakeshuck
by biffuz on Thu 12th Dec 2013 21:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shakeshuck"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

Horray!!!

Posting from eCS ;) Vbox 4.3.3 didn`t like it.

The GUI seems one of those ugly and poorly assorted Linux GUIs of the late `90s, including the horrible font smoothing.
It comes with Firefox 10 which looks completely out of place, and no office, graphics, or development apps. Pretty much useless.

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Community.
by martini on Fri 13th Dec 2013 11:53 UTC
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Member since:
2006-01-23

The OS/2 and eComStation community hangs out at: OS2World.com

Mensys, with community efforts, is also porting OpenOffice 4 and Firefox 17. We already have a betas of those programs available.

We need more help to grow the community and move forward in the open source path.

Regards.
Martin

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