Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 10th Jan 2006 21:01 UTC, submitted by e-co
OS/2 and eComStation Serenity Systems International (SSI) today announced a beta testing program for the upcoming 2.0 release of eComStation, an OEM distribution of IBM's OS/2 operating system. This is the fourth release of eComStation, which was launched in 2000.
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Since I'm one of the people who wrote the "all kinds of news" articles (the one for eWEEK), and I'm distinctly a fan of all things OS/2 even now... perhaps you'll believe me if I tell you that the beta for eCS simply will not be considered as big a deal as were the lights going out for OS/2 at IBM.

First, SSI isn't IBM. They don't have the overall reach or the significance. Especially since OS/2 was once touted as the future of computing... and by consumer perception, at least, it sputtered and faltered.

Second, it's a BETA. If it were a released product it would have additional significance. I think there's a reasonable chance that the released version might merit a product review by a few of the Usual Suspects (not that many of them do reviews as much, these days).

Finally, it's from a tiny company without the ability to get the news to everybody. So, quite simply, a lot of those "all kinds of news" outlets won't know about this announcement.

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