Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd May 2011 22:13 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
OS/2 and eComStation Yes, it's still being updated. OS/2 eComStation 2.1 has been released by Serenity Systems International and Mensys BV. The market for eComStation may not be particularly huge, but it still has its niches here and there. Since there might be folks here that aren't in the know: eComStation is the commercial continuation of IBM's OS/2, developed to support modern hardware.
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sorpigal
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2005-11-02

There's a difference between all-dead and mostly-dead.

Some OSes really are all-dead, but it's surprising how few. Older versions of classic Mac OS are all-dead, for example, because there are no new ports, little or no maintained software and no new releases. It's easier to all-dead a commercial OS because there's a finite set of sources for improvements. Open source OSes never really die at all.

Amiga? Not dead. DOS? Certainly not dead. CP/M is still alive, though his breathing is quite shallow. By comparison to these eComStation is as healthy as they come.

Think of all the OSes you've ever used or seen used. How many are running on real hardware right this minute? If nobody runs them at all any more, they're dead. How many have at least two people maintaining software that runs on them? If someone is maintaining and updating user software for an OS, it's not dead. How many still receive updates to the core OS? If the OS still receives updates, even if only once or twice a decade, it's not dead.

It's damn hard to kill an OS. It's much easier to kill off the hardware it runs on and the people who created it. Time alone will probably do both.

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