Linked by Michael Reed on Thu 7th Feb 2008 17:21 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Last month, IBM made an announcement that put an end to any hope of an open source OS/2. Responding to requests from an online community that had previously collected 11,600 signatures in support of its cause, the company confirmed that they would not be releasing the source code of their OS/2 operating system. I used OS/2 as my main operating system for about four years, and unlike some former users, my reaction to the news sits somewhere between disinterest and relief.
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thin client
by jmtx86 on Fri 8th Feb 2008 20:36 UTC
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There has been new innovative features that were implemented, and introduced, into OS/2 such as client side processing thin clients. In 1999 Work space on Demand using OS/2 ebuisness servers allowed for thin clients to PXE boot 12mb OS images over the network and allow processing to be done on thin client terminals. Allowed for centralized administration of applications and network resources. In 2001 this technology was brought over to NT to allow OS/2 thin clients to be deployed from Windows servers in an NT or Windows domain. Now, in 2007/2008, Dell has incorporated that technology to Windows.

OS/2 also had one of the fastest web servers for it's time using web sphere on eBusiness.

Also domain management in an OS/2 environment benefited greatly with WPS. All domain management was truly object based. Everything is an object in the domain; Printers, applications, network drives, etc... Need a drive mapping given to a domain group. Just drag that drive resource to that group and all members would have that drive mapped to a specified drive letter. eBusiness servers could also host applications in the domain and users could have applications deployed by simply dragging the application into a user security group. It would then be available on the users desktop. I also preferred how OS/2 deployed network printers and drive shares. Since these resources were not tied to a specific server when mapped to the client you could easily migrate these services from one server to another with out having to change scripts or mappings in the domain. Just update the object in the domain to point to the new server.

Opensourcing Os/2 could bring this technology to other operating systems.

Jim

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