Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th May 2007 09:51 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation 2.0.4 is now available for eComStation and OS/2 users. "Effective immediately, Serenity Systems International will be distributing a GA version of 2.0.4 to all users who ordered the Support Agreement for product. This version has been compiled to run on IBM OS/2 and eComStation as a native application. version 1.1.5 will no longer be distributed."
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RE[3]: Eh
by rcsteiner on Fri 1st Jun 2007 19:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Eh"
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OpenOffice is a significant open source program, arguably one of the most important, and its continued availability in any form on minority platforms is a Big Deal, at least to the fans and users of those platforms (and to many fans of minority platforms in general).

eCS has price issues. IBM is responsible for those; the community and the distributing vendor (SSI) can't do that much about IBM's licensing fees. A sad situation, IMO.

Other than Windows, which propietary and expensive OSes would you be talking about? Are you seriously suggesting that something like Solaris/x86 can compete with eCS as a desktop solution?

FWIW, I think all non-Microsoft operating systems are rightfully considered minority platforms in the desktop space. Very few people care about any of them except their respective groups of enthusiasts because Windows has been the resident default value on desktop hardware for the past decade and a half.

Edited 2007-06-01 19:07

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RE[4]: Eh
by Xaero_Vincent on Fri 1st Jun 2007 20:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Eh"
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I understand about the IBM license fees but that makes no difference to the paying user. IBM surely doesn't want to see OS/2 exceed.

Open Office is a significant program but not the only one. There is several Office solutions (both FOSS and Commercial) for *nix, MacOS, and Windows.

Solaris can be downloaded free and Open Solaris is free and open source. It also supports more software. So yes, Solaris is in a better position even on a client workstation. However, Solaris is better suited for servers as the desktop initiatives are new with Open Solaris.

I find it hard to believe there can be an eComStation enthusiast group with it costing so much, being proprietary and superseded all-in-one.

I think the few businesses who still use OS/2 continue to do so because migration costs to other platforms would be more than just paying for a copy of eComStation.

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RE[5]: Eh
by rcsteiner on Sun 3rd Jun 2007 03:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Eh"
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I find it hard to believe there can be an eComStation enthusiast group with it costing so much, being proprietary and superseded all-in-one.

With all due respect, and also keeping in mind that the latest version of eComStation is really Warp 4.52 with a better installer and additional drivers/software, I would suggest that you visit the following sites:

There's a significant OS/2 and eCS enthusiast group out there. Even old school OS/2 users like myself have an eCS license (I converted one of my Warp 4 licenses to eCS some time ago), and there's enough momentum in the community to have multiple Mozilla development trees (one stock, one with additional WPS support and other stuff), a native OpenOffice effort which has produced a successful port, multiple yearly conferences (Warpstock and Warpstock Europe) plus a Developer's Workshop in 2007, etc.

Most of us are emphatically not business users. :-)

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