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I am glad to have a choice for the desktop on the x86 platform, a REAL choice, eComStation.
I have a copy of eCS, it really can't be classified as a modern alternative. hardware support isn't as good as it should be, and even when the hardware is supported, it's no speed demon. software support isn't that great either... sure, I can break out all my old win 3.1 software, but lets do be serious. sure, it has an XF86 port and other ports, but again why bother?
the interface is dated, and I find myself trying to remember how to do things instead of having things feel relatively natural, as with most modern OSes. as far as consistancy, all I see is a consistantly ancient interface.
don't get me wrong, in the old days this was a great OS, but it's just hasn't had any really radical development done to it since Warp 3. sorry, but I really see no reason not to just buy a copy of Warp 4 from eBay and a copy of Display Doctor, if you really must have OS/2. it'll be cheaper in the long run.
Linux(or *BSD) is as good on the desktop as the time you want to put into it, so I can't really argue with your comments. but, I'd say that BeOS or MacOS(OSX or classic) are easily better alternatives... at least for me.