Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2007 22:58 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "Serenity Systems International is pleased to announce the availability of eComStation 2.0 RC4 for download. eComStation 2.0 will offer unparalleled performance with Bootable JFS and support for multi-core CPUs. This is the eighth public beta release of eComStation 2.0. This product is available for download to all registered eComStation customers with active Software Subscription Services. This version of eComStation 2.0 is the fourth Release Candidate, no big changes or additions will be added before the GA version, it mainly consists of updates to drivers and installation scripts."
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Once upon a time...
by madcrow on Fri 28th Dec 2007 16:35 UTC
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... OS/2 was just about the best thing available for PC. It had a really advanced GUI that wonderful multimedia support and actually used the right mouse button. Then Microsoft released Windows 95, which copied most of the superficial aspects of OS/2's UI (intergrated Desktop/File Manager, lots of right-click context menus and a heavy emphasis on tabbed windows) while stripping it of most of it's powerful OO features. This rip-off OS/2-Lite-on-DOS the became Windows 95, which is widely regarded as having the best UI of any MS product ever...

When you combine that with the fact that by the '95-'96 timeframe, Linux was finally at a point where a (nerdy) mortal could actually use it, the market for non-MS commercial OSes just plain vanished on the PC. Windows 95 looked pretty and was pre-installed on your PC. If you wanted a "real" OS, you could now get one for $5 from Walnut Creek CD-ROM (or free if you were at college and had Internet access) rather than for $250 from IBM. The people who were using OS/2 for its multimedia and GUI features moved to Win95, while the people who were using it because it was better than DOS+Win 3.1 as a multitasker moved to Linux. OS/2 was dead.

Edited 2007-12-28 16:36

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