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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rcsteiner
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2005-07-12

Thanks for the response. :-)

FWIW, I *do* largely agree that either Linux or *BSD or something fairly similar is probably the future (which is why I've been slowly trying to migrate my desktop in that direction since the RedHat 4.2 days, and why my file servers and firewall are already there).

Most of my comments are made in my own desktop context at home on my existing hardware, and are being made as a long-time OS/2 user who has had over a decade to accumulate lots of very useful software that is no longer available to the public. :-(

A new OS/2 user would probably find things a lot more difficult than I do.

Because of this, I don't advocate OS/2 anymore for general use, although I still think it has some value for reasons that I outlined previously.

I agree that my PPro boxes are very old, but using OS/2 I can still surf the web with Firefox with no delays using a cablemodem connection, I can still burn CDs in the background while doing other stuff, I can still do the types of application work that I need to at home, and I can still play a number of the smaller games I like putzing around with.

That's all I ask of a desktop machine.

In any case, I'd say I got a *lot* of value for my PC dollar (both in terms of hardware and software). :-)

I agree with most of your architectural comparisons between OS/2 and Linux, but those features (while nice) won't run the software I want to run in the way I want it to be run, and the X toolkit API thrashing is really bugging the heck out of me.

Until that stuff is addressed, or unless my existing desktop stops doing what I want, it's going to be hard for me to justify a move. It has to be a net positive, and right now it isn't. Its' getting a LOT closer as time goes on, though...

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