Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Nov 2015 16:44 UTC, submitted by Sparrowhawk
OS/2 and eComStation

Lewis Rosenthal announced at Warpstock that Arca Noae is now licensed by IBM to create a new OS/2 distribution; it is currently codenamed "Blue Lion" and has a tentative release of Q3 2016. It will be based on OS/2 Warp 4.52 (MCP2) and the SMP kernel, with a new installer which does not require floppies or optical media (USB and possibly network installs), the Arca Noae driver updates including ACPI, USB, and MultiMac, and an updated version of SNAP Graphics. Lewis made it clear that there is no agreement between Arca Noae and XEU (formerly Mensys), and they intend to be a better OS/2 distribution than eComstation. Note that eComstation has been effectively dead since December 2013, despite some vague promises earlier this year that 2.2 would finally be released this month.

Not sure if the harsh words for eComStation are entirely warranted, but the long, long release cycle for eCS 2.2 and IBM engaging in this new agreement is, honestly, quite telling.

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RE: Development Tools
by ggeldenhuys on Tue 3rd Nov 2015 17:46 UTC in reply to "Development Tools"
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What other options are out there?

Take a look at the Free Pascal project []. I use it in my daily work and personal projects - it is brilliant. And let me just say... It is Object Pascal - NOT the Pascal from the 90's. Object Pascal is modern and up to date with any current language out there.

Free Pascal also supports something like 15+ types of CPU targets (from RPi's to IBM Mainframes) and even more OS platforms. OS/2 definitely being one of them.

There is also WDSybil - another Visual Development Environment. It includes a compiler, ide, visual components etc. []. I think the latest version actually uses the Free Pascal Compiler now.

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