posted by Eugenia Loli on Tue 4th Dec 2001 17:47 UTC

"The Future & eCS 1.10"
eCS OS/2 1.10 is expected to be released very soon. The new version will have some new features, and the price will be dropped to less than $99 for upgrades or around $199 for new users. Serenity Systems is also branding a new product, called eCS/WorkPlace which will be eCS Entry (the basic 1.10 release), plus HobLink, StarOffice, VPC, a full Linux distribution and a number of other packages. WorkPlace will also include a copy of Connectix's VirtualPC with a full Linux distribution in it. Using VirtualPC (a VMWare-alike application) in a window or fullscreen you will be able to run Windows 9x/2k/XP and Linux under OS/2.

"eCS/WorkPlace will be a departure from traditional OS/2 from a hardware requirement standpoint. It's designed to work with the latest hardware. In fact, to be able to run any favors of Windows, Linux, and be 100% compatible with any versions of OS/2, the minimum hardware required will be a 1G P3. The amount of memory required will depend on the number of simultaneous operating systems you will be running. For instance, you can run an IMAP4 server, and other Linux applications, and use HobLink to access the Linux apps from the OS/2 desktop. This will raise the minimum RAM requirement to over 512MBytes - but then again, that only translates to may be $50.00 at today's memory prices." Kim Cheung, executive manager at Serenity Systems explains.

IBMWorks spreadsheet, Launchpad, Acrobat Reader, eCS Clock and Calculator, Netscape, Screen grabber app "One of the major features for 1.10 (both base and WorkPlace versions) is the ability to remote boot eCS from an eCS machine using DHCP/PXE and run completely diskless. This is in contrast to the Windows Terminal server approach where the processing is done at the server (which puts a drain on the server and network bandwidth). With remote booting, the management of the stations is done at central location but the processing power comes from the local station. The local station continues to be as "fat" as you so wish but the management headache of these wonderful PCs gets centralized.
With eCS/WorkPlace, you will be able to remote boot diskless from a central boot server, and run any of the Windows, Linux and OS/2 operating systems locally. This in effect, allow organizations to "tame" the untamable Windows. I did a demonstration of this technology couple weeks ago at the SCOUG user group. I had Windows running Cool-3D and Bryce4 on one machine. Told VPC to save the PC state, then powered down the machine and yanked out the hard drive and plugged it into another machine of completely different configurations (AMD vs P3, S3 vs Matrox), powered it up, fired up VPC and the Windows applications continues to run - never missed a beat.
The remote boot function has been in place for a number of years. That's the WiseManager product. However, it only works with RPL (old remote boot technology from Novell) and requires a WSeB as the server PER sub-net. This is equivalent to the WSOD product that IBM had.
What we have done is porting WiseManager to become WiseMachine which supports the DHCP/PXE remote boot technology (Intel) which is more modern and can remote boot across routers. Hence, you can use eCS as a boot server (or an AS400, RS6000, Sun Solaris - and yes, even Linux, as a boot server). This will be the first time where this level of technology will be within reach to the "smaller" folks. For them, they nolonger need to buy a copy of WSeB just to remote boot your machines.
No, nobody can compete with Windows when it comes to glitz. What we are addressing is the part of the industry where all they want to do is to get the job done -- and that's 80% of the business user."
Kim continues.

"eCS Workplace 1.1 will really be something special. Kim already outlined what it is ... and the upgrade from Warp 4 will cost less than $250. To put that in perspective, it will include an eCS VPC application with a Linux distribution and HOBLink X/11 Server. Both those applications have SRPs in the area of $200 each. Then consider that the user is getting IBM's Desktop on Call remote control software ... and OS/2 V4.52, with support for DOS, Windows 3.1, and Java.
A new user license for this product is likely to have an SRP around $350, which is still an incredible value ... because the equivalent would be a Warp 4 license and IBM's Software Choice, a cost to the user of approximately $400. Plus two $200 applications (HOBLink X/11 Server and VPC)... so the package value exceeds $800."
Bob St. John, Director at Serenity Systems told OSNews.

OSNews will follow closely the release of eCS 1.10 and will keep you posted for any big news happening in the OS/2 world.

Table of contents
  1. "History"
  2. "Installation"
  3. "User Interface"
  4. "The guts"
  5. "eCS 1.0 Conclusion"
  6. "The Future & eCS 1.10"
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