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 SearchDataCenter.com, claims that IBM is mulling over a reintroduction of OS/2. Wait, what?
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RE[2]: I got
by ggeldenhuys on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 08:21 UTC in reply to "RE: I got"
ggeldenhuys
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I don't see any reason to bring OS/2 back. It's too old, almost everything needs to be rewritten, UI is crap compared to any modern, all tools look crap compared to any modern, it offers nothing radical or new to table.

On the contrary, the desktop is very advanced (even compared to todays standards). I'm not talking about the look, but the internal design where everything is Objects. I remember doing a demo at a computer show in the early 90's that when as follows: Drag a fax document template to the desktop - the app opened and I typed my fax message. Close the app. Open by address book app, drag the address I want to fax to and drop in on the fax document icon on the desktop. Now the address is attached to the fax document (shown with a small icon). Now drag the fax document icon and drop in on the modem icon, and away it sent my fax.

Even with today's OS's (Mac, Linux or Windows), I doubt such elegance is possible - and OS/2 had it in the early 90's.

The company that created Object Desktop (product now know as Window Blinds I think) even commented on how easy it was to customize the look of the OS/2 desktop because it had such a great design.

As for the file system. You created a shortcut, then moved the origin file, an any shortcuts are automatically updated to point to the new location. Such a feature doesn't exist in Linux, Mac or Windows. Again, OS/2 had this in the early 90's.

Multi-tasking, truly threaded applications and stability - that is what OS/2 was decades ago!

If IBM could give Linux a new GUI interface (similar to what Apple did with BSD and Mac OS X) by getting rid of X11 I say: GO FOR IT!

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