Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 21:11 UTC, submitted by judgen
OS/2 and eComStation "In this anniversary, I'd like to shed some light about my first-hand experience with [OS/2], especially since I see many attempts at history re-writing and over-simplification, when people compress OS/2's two decades into a single paragraph. An OS/2 user named Roger Perkins wrote to OS/2 newsgroups ten years ago: "Here's to OS/2's 10th Anniversary on April 2nd! No OS has ever died so many times!"
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OS/2 is a lot like RT/11, VMS, or the other dead DEC operating systems. It runs doing its own little thing in a corner for years until the hardware physically breaks.

I had a 486/66 running OS/2 Warp as my company's voicemail system for over 6 years. When the motherboard gave up the ghost, I plugged the two ISA cards that powered it, and the hard drive into an IBM PC300 with a Pentium 166 and 112MB RAM. It came right on and booted up like nothing happened. As far as I know, it's still up and running today (we never turned it off) as it was in 1998.

IBM really knows how to write stable OSes (at least compared to the competition). That's a part of the lesson that Bill Gates should have learned from them.

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