Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 3rd May 2007 18:52 UTC, submitted by e-co
OS/2 and eComStation eComStation has gotten a new VESA video driver and full ACPI support. The developers are working on user interface improvement as well. "In the beginning of the spring we updated: ACPI subsystem, eComStation kernel, USB Tools homepage, Hardware database, General Network Utilities, PMDownloader, eSchemes gallery, Panorama video drivers, Piano Launchpad and Imagination, Calculator for millionaire, Firewall ports setup, LANGE library." Screenshots can be found here.
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RE: Well...
by madechidna on Thu 3rd May 2007 21:52 UTC in reply to "Well..."
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It's not DOS based, it's OS/2 based ;)

I don't want to be harsh, I enjoy obscure OSes as much as the next, but what good is OS/2 at this stage? Isn't it just the DOA brother of Windows NT? I just don't see what good a closed source Windows 95 prototype is.

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RE[2]: Well...
by dylansmrjones on Thu 3rd May 2007 22:02 in reply to "RE: Well..."
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OS/2 is a lot more than a "Windows 95 prototype".

The desktop on OS/2 has a lot of functionality not in Windows - not even in Vista. AFAIK OS/2 is the only OS with a truly Object Oriented Desktop.

The look is outdated but the engine beneath is great.

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RE[3]: Well...
by Doc Pain on Thu 3rd May 2007 22:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Well..."
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"The desktop on OS/2 has a lot of functionality not in Windows - not even in Vista."

There are even functions included in the older GeoWorks Ensemble 3 which "Vista" cannot show.

"AFAIK OS/2 is the only OS with a truly Object Oriented Desktop."

This is correct, at least it claimed to be.

"The look is outdated but the engine beneath is great."

It was impressing what you could get out of a 486 with OS/2 where "Windows" was just pain.

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RE[2]: Well...
by rcsteiner on Fri 4th May 2007 17:50 in reply to "RE: Well..."
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One reason OS/2 should continue to exist is educational (as the serious confusion in your above posting amply demonstrates).

So many folks who use only Windows or only Linux have no clue about the history of even relatively mainstream operating systems from the past, and they seem to think that everything out there was derived from either DOS, Windows, or UNIX.

That simply isn't true.

No, OS/2 isn't a "DOA brother of Windows NT" -- OS/2's 32-bit kernel was developed independently by IBM in the early 1990's after the split over OS/2 1.x while Cutler and friends wrote NT's new 32-bit kernel in parallel over at Microsoft.

The two are completely seperate developments, they do not share any code, and they are no more similar to each other than either one is to Linux or Solaris.

Yes, OS/2 has some level of compatibility with DOS and Windows at the API and command processor level, but it ends there.

What good is it? Try using it. Then you'll wonder why Windows and Linux are so slow on modern hardware while providing comparatively little in terms of basic desktop functionality.

Edited 2007-05-04 17:55

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