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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lwriemen
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2012-04-03

The irony was that OS/2 largely lost in the marketplace to Windows because of the press.


This isn't entirely true. Byte magazine (and some others) praised OS/2 heavily. Of course in 1994 (1995?), Byte published an article that went the opposite and lambasted OS/2; it was so full of inaccuracies to be almost laughable and seemed to be part of Microsoft's big FUD push before the release of Windows 95.

How good the reviews were depended largely on how much effort the reviewer put into having a system ready to run OS/2. Due to the Microsoft monopoly, drivers were limited, so you needed to do your research. If the reviewer was lazy, then the installation/operation was hit or miss. (Pournelle was guilty of this, and he also liked for support to fawn over him, which IBM didn't.)
If your system was OS/2 ready, the install was easy.

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