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OS/2 and eComStation "As a long-time fan of GeoWorks Ensemble (now Breadbox Ensemble), a DOS based graphical user interface and office suite popular in the 80s, I've run it under a variety of operating systems and emulators over the years. You see, Ensemble requires an underlying operating system to provide a DOS compatible file system, not unlike early versions of Windows that required DOS. [...] With the release of eComStation 2.0 I thought I'd revisit the challenge of getting Breadbox Ensemble running under OS/2 again [...] but to add a further twist, since I didn't want to do this on a dedicated machine, I chose to see if I could get things running under VirtualBox."
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by mjhi11 on Mon 26th Jul 2010 02:18 UTC in reply to "GEOS"
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Excellent point, you are right GEOS drove a variety of Nokia "smartphones" (before that term entered the computing lexicon), the 9210, 9290, the 9300 and 9500, an early "home/international" computer called the GlobalPC, and a few "netbooks" (again before the term "netbook" entered the computing lexicon) created by Brother called the GeoBook. In addition GEOS powered a few Hewlett-Packard "palmtops" (an early predecessor to "netbooks and PDAs" perhaps?) called the OmniGo, the Casio Zoomer, and actually a "PC" version of GEOS released by IBM called the PS/1 as well as a suite for schools called SchoolView from IBM. In addition, GEOS powered the early AOL DOS based disks for many years before a Windows based version of AOL was released and finally Berkley SoftWorks (the predecessor to GeoWorks Corporation) got their start with a version of GEOS for the Apple II, were in negotiations with Apple about being the core operating system for a new line of computers from Apple (guess) and breathed new life into the Commodore 64 computer extending the life of that platform for several years.

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