Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Nov 2005 00:39 UTC, submitted by Mikael Elf
OS/2 and eComStation Serenity Systems offers a promotional price for eComStation 1.2 until the last of November. This will include a one year software subscription. The subscription implies also that you can participate in the betaprogram for version 2.0 and includes the version 2.0 GA release after betatesting is done.
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Actually, I don't miss the point, at least completely.

As a long-time OS/2 user myself (13 years this past August) and eCS user since the 1.0 release, I'm very much aware of IBM's ownership of the core platform, and I'm also aware of the potentially complex IP issues involved with OS/2, Microsoft, etc.

Because of this, I understand (or at least appreciate) SSI's limitations, and I don't have a problem with Serenity's actions in any way -- if anything, SSI has exceeded my expections in several respects with their eCS offering. Bob might be an ex-IBMer, but he's also a magician. The current eCS LiveCD proves this! :-)

No -- I'm questioning IBM's apparent lack of business sense when it comes to marketing their own platforms.

Just because a platform is being actively deemphasized doesn't mean it can't make more money for the company on its way out.

As a desktop and server platform, Sun's Solaris has been as "business-oriented" as they come over the years, and yet Sun has provided a free download copy of their OS (both Sparc and x86 versions) for several years, with the specific target being hobbyists and software developers.

This is largely unrelated to their recent OpenSolaris initiative; the full commercial proprietary versions of Solaris 2.6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 were all made available in that manner, and that was one of the main reasons I became interested in Solaris back in the 2.6 days.

The fact that IBM has actually authorized SSI to create adn release a LiveCD version of eComStation indicates (to me) that there exists some element within IBM that realizes that there is still some value in exposing new customers to the platform.

I see this as a positive sign, but it's only a start.

Linux is penetrating the enterprise not through formal channels, but by percolating informally from the bottom up through the efforts and actions of individuals who have been exposed to the platform and who recognize the value it can provide to their organization.

IBM is now quite involved in the Linux space, and they have often been the direct beneficiaries of this type of covert introduction, so they should appreciate the value of bottom-up product penetration.

OS/2 days are numbered. I think we all know this. The simple fact that it's a proprietary platform available in binary-only form practically ensures its eventual demise.

However, at the current time it still has value. It still has capabities on the desktop which Linux lacks, it still has a large selection of software which it can easily support, and it still has the potential to be a money maker for IBM -- but only if IBM will let it.

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