Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 21:11 UTC, submitted by judgen
OS/2 and eComStation "In this anniversary, I'd like to shed some light about my first-hand experience with [OS/2], especially since I see many attempts at history re-writing and over-simplification, when people compress OS/2's two decades into a single paragraph. An OS/2 user named Roger Perkins wrote to OS/2 newsgroups ten years ago: "Here's to OS/2's 10th Anniversary on April 2nd! No OS has ever died so many times!"
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RE: Money talks
by helio9000 on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 23:30 UTC in reply to "Money talks"
helio9000
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2006-05-24

First it is comical to read a story where IBM is the poor abused company. Read Big Blue - The Use and Abuse of Power if you want to know how MS learned at the knee of the master. But mostly it reminds me of what mess IBM was:

By then I realized that OS/2 faced an uphill battle, even internally. Big Blue's own PC division was *notorious* for even refusing to install OS/2 - IBM's own OS - at some point, much to the dismay of IBMers at the Boca Raton and later Austin TX software unit.

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Please if your own company won't install your OS you've got bigger problems than just the competition. If you don't have someone visionary enough to give all your divisions a sold direction you are screwed. Regardless of what MS is doing. It happens to big companies - it is happening to MS now.

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RE[2]: Money talks
by Laurence on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 23:53 in reply to "RE: Money talks"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Oh by no means was IBM perfect, but at least OS/2 was an operating system - which is more than could be said for Windows 3 & 4.

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RE[3]: Money talks
by Woogbear on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 20:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Money talks"
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2006-07-12

OS/2 was an operating system that failed in the retail market because there were no good application and games for it. Besides, IBM was NEVER seriously wanted to have OS/2 succeed in the retail market.

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RE[2]: Money talks
by Woogbear on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 20:21 in reply to "RE: Money talks"
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2006-07-12

Remember, IBM made the holocaust in Nazi Germany possible by providing the technology needed to do it. Without IBM's help, the holocaust would not have been possible.

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