Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Jul 2005 20:57 UTC, submitted by Kelly
OS/2 and eComStation IBM has hammered the final nails into OS/2's coffin. It said that all sales of OS/2 will end on the 23rd of December this year, and support for the pre-emptive multitasking operating system will end on the 31st December 2006.
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So, since they won't sell it anymore, and obviously won't support it, it's now offically free to copy and pass on to others?

I don't see any moral problem with that even with E-Commerce Station being sold as a seperate bundle of OS/2 and other parts, though officially you won't find IBM supporting that move. At worst, wait till January 1st. (Note: I'm not from what do I know?)

Moral issues aside, why would you want to use OS/2 except as an oddity? It would be a better idea to grab Windows 98 and run that in an emulator under another OS.

While you could learn something about operating systems by using OS/2, you'd be better off with one of the other main branches of operating systems. These days, there are really only two branches;

* Unix/unix; OSX, Linux, *BSD, Solaris, ...
* Microsoft Windows; NT branch and WinCE branch

Sure, there are others...but most of them are unix-like with some BeOS or Plan9 crunchy bits.

OS/2 is an oddity. It is not more like an incompatable -- though nice in its day -- branch of Windows. (That day being about 8 years ago.)

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