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: I'm DEFINITELY interested
by ggeldenhuys on Tue 3rd Nov 2015 17:53 UTC in reply to "I'm DEFINITELY interested"
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Funny timing - Back in 1992 IBM came out with the beta for OS/2 2.0 and I LOVED it.

I absolutely loved Warp Connect (OS/2 v3.0) - I used it for many years as my desktop of choice. I did programming on it, and also ran my BBS on it for some 4 years.

I still have OS/2 VM's of v2.1, v3.0 and v4.5 available. I still fire up v4.5 every now and again to do some INF testing. I implemented my own cross-platform INF viewer called DocView for the fpGUI Toolkit project, and want to stay backwards compatible with original OS/2 INF files.

DocView screenshots:

Edited 2015-11-03 17:54 UTC

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