Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 19th Jul 2005 03:36 UTC, submitted by her friend Brad
OS/2 and eComStation In the dawn of the end of IBM's OS/2 Stardock's CEO Brad Wardell pays his respects to the venerable operating system by writing a long article about the history of the OS. Stardock was one of the major third party software houses for OS/2 back in the day and so Brad has lived OS/2 from up close.
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When OS/2 and Windows 3.1 came out, the Windows Gurus pointed at OS/2 and screamed to the world, Look OS/2 takes 4 meg. of ram to install and run (at the same time) 2 or 3 programs. It is a memory hog! They continued this rant for three years. When Windows95 was released, they stopped pointing their fingers. The min. memory requirement for Win95 was 4 meg. Win95 would install with 4 meg but running just a single program brought it to a crawl. 8 meg. was the recommended amount for Win95.

I ran OS/2 with 8 meg. and it was every bit as fast as Windows 95. I had both on the same machine. OS/2 was stable, Windows 95 crashed regularly. I used Win95 for games, I used OS/2 for everything else.

Today Linux requires a min. of 64 meg. to install, with YaST2. eComStation 1.2 will install from CD with min. 48 meg. but 64 meg. is recommended min. How much memory does WinXP need to install and run? OS/2 was/is not memory hungry.

I'm sorry a PS/2 got the better of you. I hope someday you get over it. PS/2s were not bad, just different. They would make the field techs. have to think. Sometimes people don't like to think.

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