Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Dec 2006 22:58 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation eComStation 2.0 beta 3, the new evolution of OS/2, is available to download for registered users. The new features of this beta version are available on the online readme file. Among other things, this new release includes better support for wireless chipsets and advanced power management features.
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What for ?
by fffffh on Sun 17th Dec 2006 11:15 UTC
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Who need (so oold) OS/2 when other newer operating systems are already hear, having speacial version for desktop (Linux,*BSD even Solaris), and a lot of applications for them, emulators (or native execution OS in OS on 2XCore) for Win32/16?

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RE: What for ?
by steampoweredlawn on Sun 17th Dec 2006 11:42 in reply to "What for ?"
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The only reason I continue to use OS/2 is the GUI. The WPS is a one-of-a-kind animal, unlike any other interface out there. You kind of have to experience it to understand why people would continue to use and develop for a "dead" OS.

Aside from that, all the advantages that OS/2 had over other systems in its day (rock solid stability, *real* pre-emptive multitasking, memory management, etc) are now present in Linux and other systems, but IMO no other system has an interface that can compete with the WPS.

Ask any current or former OS/2 user what they like/miss most about OS/2, and I'd bet at least 9/10 will say the GUI.

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RE[2]: What for ?
by rcsteiner on Mon 18th Dec 2006 19:16 in reply to "RE: What for ?"
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Not me. The GUI is nice, but for me the big drawing point for OS/2 is the CLI. I like having a sophisticated command line environment (in my case a mix of 4OS2+4DOS) where filenames retain case but are not case sensitive, and I think REXX is a nice scripting language (though I also use Perl under OS/2 on occasion as well as 4OS2 batch files).

Linux isn't bad, either, and DOSEMU is fairly seamless these days, but bash isn't 4OS2.

Edited 2006-12-18 19:19

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RE: What for ?
by Sparrowhawk on Sun 17th Dec 2006 12:10 in reply to "What for ?"
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Surely you don't believe that noone should develop for BeOS/Haiku, AmigaOS, FreeDOS, RISC OS, ReactOS, Menuet, Plan9, SkyOS, etc, etc? All of these, like eCS, have very small user-bases relative to the behemoths that are Win/Mac/Linux and BSD.

People use eCS because they enjoy the experience, are free from viruses and malware, have sufficient up-to-date software to perform most tasks, and principally because OS/2 was integral to so many business processes that it is simply not economic to remove an OS/2 element to replace it with WIndows/whatever.

Serenity Systems is a commercial vendor. It makes good money out of the eCS business. How is this a dead OS? eCS and OS/2 users get a desktop OS that is constantly evolving.

For the record, eCS is my third most used OS, after OSX and WinXP.

I would hate to see an OS landscape devoid of the variety of minority OS's.

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RE: What for ?
by dylansmrjones on Sun 17th Dec 2006 17:40 in reply to "What for ?"
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OS/2 isn't that old. It's about the same age as Windows, if you count in the entire development history. The newest IBM release of OS/2 is from 2003, and is younger than Win2K3 Server ;)

One could claim *BSD and GNU/Linux are older or the same age as OS/2.

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