Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 3rd May 2007 18:52 UTC, submitted by e-co
OS/2 and eComStation eComStation has gotten a new VESA video driver and full ACPI support. The developers are working on user interface improvement as well. "In the beginning of the spring we updated: ACPI subsystem, eComStation kernel, USB Tools homepage, Hardware database, General Network Utilities, PMDownloader, eSchemes gallery, Panorama video drivers, Piano Launchpad and Imagination, Calculator for millionaire, Firewall ports setup, LANGE library." Screenshots can be found here.
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One comparison between OS/2 and Windows.
by Sabon on Thu 3rd May 2007 23:05 UTC
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I used to work at a bank where I was both a main frame programmer and PC programmer back in the early 90s and had two computers. One with OS/2 and one with Windows 3.1 (this is before Windows '95).

I had multiple phone lines at my disposal and got my hands on a device that you plugged into one serial port on one side and had eight serial ports on the other. With a little help from IBM I was able to configure OS/2 to access all eight serial ports and connected eight modems to eight phone lines. I was then able to remote into eight different computers at the same time and upload or download files. Note that the remote connections NEVER crashed in OS/2.

In comparison I never got more than two modems working at the same time in Windows even with Windows '95 or NT even with contacts in MS who I talked to about trying to get this to work.

Note that YEARS before MS enabled the ability to take two modems and phone lines and make them appear as one, I was able to get four to work as one while connecting to another OS/2 computer with another "serial board" that was located in another part of our building. This was also through the help of an IBM engineer that was having just as much fun with this idea as I was.

Why do that with modems? This was before the web and before there were high speed lines to everywhere. For most people the latter only started happening a few years ago. Check out AOL. They still think the world is dial-up.

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