Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2005 08:43 UTC, submitted by OS2World News Master
OS/2 and eComStation Many OS/2-eCS users knows that we are currently requesting signatures to ask IBM to open source OS/2 (or at least the OS/2 components that are possible to be opened). We are getting close to send the petition, so if you haven't sign yet, go ahead!
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I use OS/2 every day
by Anonymous on Tue 12th Jul 2005 02:19 UTC
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Amazingly enough, OS/2 (eCS 1.2) is still my main OS to this day. I often use BeOS for doing small & quick graphics work, but it's usually OS/2 that I spend my time in. If there's something I really need, like on occassion Quickbooks, I just use it in VirtualPC in OS/2. I use OpenOffice for documents now. Firefox and Thunderbird are standard fare, although I'm still debating moving from Mozilla, as I use the whole suite anyhow. Firefox and Thunderbird just LOOK so much better, even with themes.

Admittedly though, I have a machine for each OS I use. I just happen to spend more time on the OS/2 one, with BeOS a close second. My linux machine runs gnome as it feels more WPS-like (and XFCE sometimes). This machine I'm on now is my wintendo (XP). Linux just tends to have small things that piss me off. Each day I find something new to hate about it. Sure, free is good, and the attention it's getting generates more interest, which means more devs, etc, etc. Just doesn't feel finished-ever. And yes, I have a few distros on my Linux box - LinSpire (even used Lindows), Ubuntu, Fedora Core 4 (tried all of em!). Others that have graced the box are Slack, SuSE, Novell, Mandrake, etc etc. Just ALWAYS something.

Currently the machine OS/2 is on is a 1.8 Ghz P4, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HD, ac97 audio, Intel nic, etc. The machine is an IBM NetVista X41 (those all in one IBMs). I've run it on almost anything though. It fares pretty well, and most people don't realize how much HW support it actually has. I used to use it on my Thinkpad T21 (wirelessly!) but gave that to my dad since I hardly used it. I think the only machine I couldn't get it going on is this Acer Veriton FP2 (another all in one) and it lacks any PS/2 ports, so it doesn't generate INT13 requests (I think that's the KB one) so OS/2 doesn't get past boot, as it's looking for that. I could modify the bootloader, but it wasn't important at the time. I just wanted it on this machine as it has front mic/headphone ports for my VoiceType. Between that and the TouchStream, I could probably never type again. Very Happy

The newest incarnation of OS/2 is eComStration (eCS). It's currently at version 1.2, and is basically Warp Server for e-Business 4.5 with a ton of patches, and a lot of niceties thrown in. Many of the small apps that I've purchased throughout time are now included. Boots from CD and all. Most people think it hasn't evolved much, but there is a lot available for it. IIRC the latest update was released about 2 months ago, although things are added to it daily (drivers and the like). Hobbes is still active although it's future is in the air atm due to a faculty change there.

FWIW Serenity doesn'town the code, IBM still does. They work with each other. Basically Serenity is IBM's coding crew now. I very much enjoy OS/2. It would be nice, though if Komodo was available for it...

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