Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 28th Jul 2002 18:30 UTC, submitted by Prognathous
OS/2 and eComStation OSNews reader Prognathous writes: "Well, actually it was released earlier this year, but I couldn't find any references in your news section, so it's about time. The only problem is that other than in usenet, details are scant and the official release was very subdued (search the page for "4.52")." This release is only available to IBM's active software subscription customers of OS/2 Warp 4 and it does seem to be a service pack ("Convenience Package" as IBM calls it). IBM does not intend to provide any additional convenience packages in the future.
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Open Sourcing / eComStation
by Jörg Skottke on Mon 29th Jul 2002 07:17 UTC

OS/2 Warp 4 has no more M$ code, it has been removed and since 1996 the code belongs to IBM only. The problem with open sourcing OS/2 is that there are still about 200 companies that contributed to OS/2 (This information was given by O. Mark (IBM) on Warpstock 2001). They delivered components but never turned the code over to IBM. So the problem is not M$ but a number of companies with intellectual properties that are out of scope for IBM. Some of the companies don't even exist anymore.
eComStation is basically an OS/2 4.5x with enhancements and sold as a branded product by Serenity Systems International (SSI). Many people see it as a possibility for OS/2 to survive. SSI aims at small businesses and has the intent to deliver a rock solid up to date operating environment with an optimized ease of use and minimum tco. SSI cooperates with a large group of people (the eCS community) who contribute ideas, code, additions - open source development controlled by a company. SSI is considered a "large customer" in IBM's perspective and has the possibility influence the future of OS/2 (eCS).
The initial release of the eComStation was "not what i wanted it to be" (Kim Cheung, SSI, Warpstock 2001 Europe) and had a lot of problems. Many delays combined with a couple of flaws in the (really nice looking) installation routine left an ambivalent impression, but they are making progress.
With a couple of important projects going on (VirtuaPC by Innotek, Mozilla by (IBM) and XWorkplace by Ulrich Möller et al, project ODIN (Innotek) as well as lots of small projects that address a lot of shortcomings in the original IBM code) there is indeed a good chance that OS/2 will make it for the next years to come.