Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 13:51 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "Co-developed by IBM and Microsoft, it was intended to replace DOS, the aging software that then powered most of the planet's microcomputers. It never did. Instead, Microsoft's Windows reinvigorated DOS, helping to end IBM's control of the PC standard it had created. By the mid-1990s, IBM had given up on OS/2 - a major step in the company's slow-motion retreat from the PC industry, which it completed in 2005 by agreeing to sell its PC division to China's Lenovo. But while OS/2 never truly caught on, it's also never gone away. Even if you believe that you never saw it in action, there's a decent chance that you unwittingly encounter it at least occasionally to this day." The last time I took a look at eComStation was way back in 2007.
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Missed it by this much....
by SonicMetalMan on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 14:22 UTC
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This one made me smile a little. I was one of the early users of OS/2 2.0 though I moderately despised the gui. Under the hood OS/2 did shine but the interface developers just couldn't seem to get a grasp of a consistent and simple user experience. Even Warp 4 though better was still lacking in usability, it was simply too "busy". By that time Microsoft was getting Windows whipped into shape so I was left with little choice but to abandon what I felt was a technically superior OS.

I am saddened that IBM left the carcass with eComstation, they have squandered their opportunity to make something more modern and useful of the old OS. I cannot justify throwing away money to buy what amounts to a legacy OS that will nor even recognize all my hardware, especially printers and wireless cards.

OS/2 should have been placed in the public domain where legions of developers could tinker with the thing in their spare time.

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