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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by rajan r on Tue 30th Jul 2002 05:53 UTC

I've had to reinstall the OS on my wife's Win2k machine twice, once due to a virus, and once due to a corruption of the filesystem.

Perhaps if you have gotten a anti virus package, you wouldn't have got this. Besides, what file system are you using? If you say FAT32 (which seems obvious cause you have OS/2 and therefore you need FAT32 to read Windows' drives), then it is mostly your fault. FAT32 is as unstable as a rodeo bull :p

OS/2 truely was and still is the best operating system for x86 based systems, which is what limited the OS.

Maybe back then OS/2 was great, now it is a bunch of old code.

also, OS/2 would show these other projects what TRUE multitasking, memory management and stability really is like.

Apparently, most OSS projects now what is multitasking, memory management and stablity really is like. Heck, Linux and BSD have better multitasking, memory management and stablity.

Lotus SmartSuite 1.6 (1.7 too!) and Star Office 5.1a are more than enough office suites to fill my needs, and don't offer stupid assistants.

You can disable Clippy, and in Office XP, it is already disabled by default. And for sure you use don't do much office work, as the stuff you mentioned, especially SMartSuite, is lame compared to Office.

New M$ licencing proposals scare the pants off me. I don't want to wake up and find I *have* to upgrade in order to access my data.

You are just plain paranoid. The licensing plan is for companies. Corporate discounts would only be given to companies buying in bulk now if they follow Microsoft's upgrade plan, which means everytime there is a new version, the company must get it.

If I get a hankering to run M$-based software, I will install Virtual PC 4.3.2 - still infinitely safer to run W2k or Win98 in a VM than natively. With a 1GHz+ processor, you hardly notice any lag.

You probably never notice a lag because never use Windows alone. Besides, if you are logical, nothing would happen to your installation. Don't open attachments that you didn't ask, defrag your drive every week (you could just on it before sleep, it isn't that bad), and get a good firewall, like ZoneAlarm. Besides, if OS/2 did become famous, I bet the problems you mentioned would be apparent.