Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2007 13:12 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Recently, Serenity Systems released the second first release candidate of eComStation 2.0, the successor to IBM's os/2. Mensys, the online distributor of eComStation and other os/2-related products, was so kind as to provide OSNews with a review copy of this release candidate, and since my experience with os/2 and eCS is not much more than a few failed attempts at installing Warp 4, I was eager to try it out. Read on for a short history of os/2 and eCS and a review of the release candidate.
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Thanks for the review
by brittonx on Mon 2nd Jul 2007 04:04 UTC
brittonx
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2007-07-02

It's nice to see the review. While OS/2 setup and configuration can be complicated, once it is done you never have to mess with it. I have been running an OS/2 Server here since about 2000. I host my website on it http://www.pdfgameguides.com . OS/2 and eCS make great Web server platforms. You can get a current version of Apache, Geronimo, MySQL, Postgres etc... There is also a wonderful advanced firewall available for OS/2. It is capable of dynamic traffic shaping and dynamically blocking traffic when your site is under attack. The firewall is "Injoy Firewall" from http://www.fx.dk . There are also many nice OS/2 ports of apps from the Linux world. Many are available at http://smedley.info/os2ports/

One HUGE advantage of using an OS/2 based system as your gateway and/or web server is that there are almost no known venerabilities to an OS/2 system. So, security is a matter of keeping Apache up to date.

Other important things to know about eCS, specifically is they have added advanced ACPI support so that you can run the OS/2 SMP Kernel (Multiprocessor/Multicore). Arguably still one of the best multicore & multitasking subsystems out there.

There is also the SciTech SNAP video driver subsystem which gives OS/2 a single driver that supports most videocards out of the box.

Edited 2007-07-02 04:12

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