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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Help Me
by fretinator on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 15:13 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

Help me, Dr. Crowe, I see dead Operating Systems running...

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Well. Cole, what do you see?

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Well, I have to use the right mouse button to drag icons.

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Ooohh...

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And I had to edit a 500 line file called config.sys to make things work. Make it go away Dr. Crowe.

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It's OK Cole. They can't hurt you. Brrr.. It sure is cold in here!

Edited 2007-04-03 15:20

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RE: Help Me
by rcsteiner on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 16:30 in reply to "Help Me"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

Heh... I remember how much flak OS/2's WPS got from some Windows 3.1 users because of its heavy use of the right mouse button for context menus and the like. It really was an issue for some of them ... until Windows 95 came out, of course, and then those features were "advanced" and the wave of the future...

Strangely enough, PC/GEOS (the environment under Geoworks Ensemble) also use the right button to drag files, so it wasn't just IBM that had that idea. :-)

Oh... Which is better. CONFIG.SYS, or a much larger registry that can't even be edited without special tools? I know which one I choose!

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RE[2]: Help Me
by fretinator on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 16:34 in reply to "RE: Help Me"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh... Which is better. CONFIG.SYS, or a much larger registry that can't even be edited without special tools? I know which one I choose!

You have a good point there. I do a lot of Windows developement and I avoid the registry like the plague. Even my Visual C++ teacher in school recommended the same. I prefer INI files.

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RE[2]: Help Me
by ronaldst on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 17:09 in reply to "RE: Help Me"
ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

Oh... Which is better. CONFIG.SYS, or a much larger registry that can't even be edited without special tools? I know which one I choose!

OS/2 had it's own registry aka OS2.INI. Everything is dumped there. And it's not editable without tools. Because it's another binary blob. People need to run tools to clean it. And it's certainly isn't better than the Windows Registry. It's the same thing. Except the Windows Registry has evolved and taken steps to remedy it's shortcomings. I wish I could say the same for OS2.INI.

While CONFIG.SYS isn't better anyway. Especially when the user has to edit config.sys to modify a few lines to fix their video card problems. These show how much OS/2 is outdated and has always been poorly developed.

I don't see how could anyone put merit in these ackward things like OS2.INI and CONFIG.SYS.

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