Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Apr 2010 16:55 UTC, submitted by sjvn
OS/2 and eComStation Now this is one for the rumour pile. Yes, a rumour about a long-gone (mostly) operating system that lots of people have fond memories of. Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at, claims that IBM is mulling over a reintroduction of OS/2. Wait, what?
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There are a lot of rubbish/ignorant posts here.

If you had the specs that were on the box for OS 2.0 and later OS/2 was not slow in ANY way, shape or form. In fact, it was as fast or faster than Windows 3.1 on the same hardware.

PLUS, you could actually multi-task with Windows 3.1 and DOS.

One thing that was fun was that DOS and Windows 3.1 games and Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets actually ran BETTER in a DOS or Win3.1 box than it did natively. This is because you could free up more DOS memory in an OS/2 DOS/Win box. Plus, memory management was leagues better.

IBM had a bunch of idiots when it came to marketing. Instead of putting nuns speaking Italian in the ads, they should have ads showing the OS/2 desktop. If they had, Microsoft would have looked like idiots when they released '95.

IBM, like Novell, have extremely good engineers but pathetic marketing people which spelled doom for their NOS (network operating systems) and desktop attempts.

OS/2 was stable. Running an OS/2 server or desktop was a dream as far as reliability. If you didn't have to run a patch/update that rebooted the computer, it would be up for years without a crash. Maybe an app crash but the OS didn't crash. When you say 24/365 OS/2 really meant it. Windows is a joke in comparison. It still is.

OS/2 has become a joke though. Mostly due to IBM's pathetic marketing people. The problem was at the top of IBM.

Should they "revive" it? Well it is still in use by banks because they need something that won't crash so why not. Just because it isn't for you (Windows isn't for me) that doesn't mean anything. Sorry but life doesn't revolve around Windows or Linux or Mac (I'm one of these) fan boys and girls.

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