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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looking forward to it
by steampoweredlawn on Sun 17th Dec 2006 11:25 UTC
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2006-09-27

I'm currently using eCS 1.0, looking forward to upgrading when 2.0 goes gold. Serenity has added things to eCS that OS/2 has very conspicuously lacked for years, like ACPI support, multiple user desktops, and support for modern hardware. Plus, with the recent announcement that Java and Flash are to be open-sourced (and thereby soon ported to OS/2), combined with Odin (Win32 app support), Everblue (Linux app support), and projects like Win32-Prn (support for Windows printer drivers in OS/2), eCS will continue to remain modern and relevant for at least the next couple of years.

I just wish IBM would release the source code for the Workplace Shell, so someone could finally fix the message queue once and for all, and maybe even port the WPS to Linux.

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RE: looking forward to it
by twenex on Sun 17th Dec 2006 14:05 in reply to "looking forward to it"
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2006-04-21

I just wish IBM would release the source code for the Workplace Shell, so someone could finally fix the message queue once and for all, and maybe even port the WPS to Linux.

If they could make it work on top of X, that would be very cool. (It would be cool even if it was independent of X, but whoever ported it wouldn't even have the power of Apple to get people to write apps for it, and I doubt OS/2 apps would work on it straight out of the box.)

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RE: looking forward to it
by helf on Sun 17th Dec 2006 17:56 in reply to "looking forward to it"
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2005-07-06

I haven't used OS/2 in ages... And I never got a chance to try out odin. How well does it work?

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RE[2]: looking forward to it
by rcsteiner on Mon 18th Dec 2006 19:18 in reply to "RE: looking forward to it"
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2005-07-12

I'm still using an older version of Odin, but I've used it to run the Win32 versions of Palm Desktop 3.1 plus various filters, IrfanView, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

It fails with a lot of programs, though.

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RE: looking forward to it
by ronaldst on Sun 17th Dec 2006 18:08 in reply to "looking forward to it"
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2005-06-29

@steampoweredlawn

I just wish IBM would release the source code for the Workplace Shell, so someone could finally fix the message queue once and for all, and maybe even port the WPS to Linux.

It's currently being rewritten by the Netlabs folks.

http://wiki.netlabs.org/index.php/Voyager_FAQ

Edited 2006-12-17 18:09

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RE: looking forward to it
by sb56637 on Mon 18th Dec 2006 00:32 in reply to "looking forward to it"
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2006-05-11

>...recent announcement that Java and Flash are to be open-sourced...

Flash is going to be open-sourced??

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steampoweredlawn Member since:
2006-09-27

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/mozilla-2006-11-07.html

I guess I misread the article, and Flash might not be released in it's entirety, but the core engine at least is being released.

and to Kancept, yes Flash and Java do exist for OS/2, but Flash support only goes up to version 7 and Java only up to 1.4.2, and it's more or less the Windows distro w/ an Odin wrapper. It's slow and very memory hungry. Would be nice to see a native port of Java 1.6

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