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[3]: Development Tools
by ggeldenhuys on Fri 6th Nov 2015 19:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Development Tools"
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If you are referring to Delphi (a proprietary version/derivative of Object Pascal) then no, Free Pascal isn't fully compatible.

Not exactly sure what you are trying to say. Free Pascal might not be 100% compatible with Delphi and it never will be. Some things added to Delphi is simply absurd (driven by marketing alone) and often un-Pascal like. FPC tries very hard to stay in the spirit of Pascal when they add new language features. FPC also doesn't need to be Delphi compatible as far as I am concerned - I believe FPC surpassed Delphi many years ago. It is now Delphi that needs to play catch-up.

Either way Free Pascal is a viable option for OS/2 development - and with very little (or no) effort, your programs will be cross-platform too.

Discussing what's a modern language and not is complicated...

Indeed. All I meant with that statement was that it supports things like pure Interfaces, full OOP, Generics, Anonymous Methods, Windows COM any many more. It is suitable for Embedded environments all the way to Mainframe systems. Console, Services/Daemons, Web and Desktop applications included. It also has a very rich Runtime environment and huge Free Component Library (non-visual) all included as standard.

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