Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2005 15:48 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Two articles on OS/2: "IBM's farewell to OS/2 next month shouldn't take anyone by surprise. Long before Big Blue announced its plans to pull the plug, industry watchers were drafting OS/2's obituary." And, "Yesterday saw IBM cease the sale of the OS/2 Operating system. Come the 31st of December, standard support for the OS will end also. However, a significant number of companies and people continue to use it, and they are finding ways for OS/2 to live on."
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OS/2 as Desktop-OS
by Anonymous on Fri 30th Dec 2005 01:03 UTC
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The SIQ-Problem was mentioned, but delicately left out of the argument by the passionate OS/2-advocates.

I was an OS/2-advocate once, but it is simply no accident that except a few people with special needs no one used it, or tried to and gave up. I used OS/2 in versions 3 and 4, and that on supported IBM-Thinkpads, but it turned out to be a PITA - mainly because of the SIQ-Flaw in its architeture, which made it practically unusable for me. Every half hour or so the desktop would simply freeze, and that was it. IBM did release fixpacks for this, and I had my system up-to-date, but it didn't help - the hangs continued.

The one thing OS/2 was really good at was multitasking - in Windows 95 this was rather a bad joke - but this of course only until the WPS choose to hang again.
Add to this the missing applications (the existing ones being mostly rather strange, to put it mildly) and the laughable multimedia support, so it was no surprise that I was MUCH more productive and had way more fun with the poor, unstable Windows 95 ... which was not that bad, by the way, once you got used to its quirks - rather the opposite of OS/2.

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