Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st May 2010 12:45 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation After god knows how many years, it's finally here: the final release of eComStation 2.0. We first reported on eComStation 2.0 back in December 2005, when the first beta was released, and between then and now, we've seen countless betas and release candidates come and go, but the wait is finally over.
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RE: Hmm
by warpcafe on Fri 21st May 2010 15:48 UTC in reply to "Hmm"
warpcafe
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2009-09-09

Hi,
you are right. There is a lot it can't do, even at its high price. The thing is, people still think eCS WILL or MUST HAVE TO compete with Windows [whatever], Linux flavours or Mac... but that's simply not true. Other than that, nobody forces you to buy it.

While its UI will never be as pretty as Win/Mac, nor its core will ever be as "good" or "open" as with Linux, it's being "the thing in between" that I like. Windows is hiding its ugly internals behind polished interfaces and Linux will (forever) do exactly what you want it to do only if you quit its GUI and type a 300+ chars commandline by heart in a shell.

True, the kernel is 32bit "only" and will perhaps never grow to anything beyond that unless rewritten from scratch (good luck here...) and in some time, hardware will cease to support 32bit architecture. Who cares? I'll ride the pony til it dies. That day come, can still decide which OS to go with... Haiku? Why not.

Until then, I gladly pay 149 bucks to have an OS that has no exposure to any virus threat and (especially important for Germany) no way of being able to incorporate a government backdoor spyware. I can surf the web, do emails and use word processing and spreadsheets. That's it. For entertainment, I have a TV, a Wii, a smartphone and -yes- a Windblows machine here (which runs Ubuntu in a VM in case I need to bring some work home...)

Cheers,
Thomas

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