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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By 1995, the world was already on Windows. It wasn't a matter of moving to it. It was a matter of "why should I switch to OS/2?".

I sort of agree with you about the general attitudes of IBM and the other commercial Unix vendors. But it was not a matter of it not occurring to them that their stuff must be competitive with Windows.

It was more a matter of only caring about selling big, expensive servers, which were a lucrative business, and not caring about the desktop.

Long before Win95, that attitude is what let Microsoft waltz in and take over the desktop... with DOS, no less!

This has come back to haunt them. They eventually realized, too late, that whoever controls the desktop ultimately controls the server.

But, more importantly, we have *all* been paying for that bit of shortsightedness for a couple of decades now.

I suspect that Microsoft's victory would be complete by now if it were not for the unexpected arrival of Linux and OSS.

I know you do not like Linux and OSS. But you have to admit that they have complicated MS's plans for absolute world domination.

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