Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2007 13:12 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Recently, Serenity Systems released the second first release candidate of eComStation 2.0, the successor to IBM's os/2. Mensys, the online distributor of eComStation and other os/2-related products, was so kind as to provide OSNews with a review copy of this release candidate, and since my experience with os/2 and eCS is not much more than a few failed attempts at installing Warp 4, I was eager to try it out. Read on for a short history of os/2 and eCS and a review of the release candidate.
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Correction
by mallard on Fri 29th Jun 2007 16:35 UTC
mallard
Member since:
2006-01-06

From TFA:
"Up until Windows 2000, NT had an os/2 subsystem for running os/2 text-based applications."

The OS/2 subsystem was not removed from Windows until Vista. I have a couple of old OS/2 applications (including cmd.exe from OS/2 1.3) that still run on Windows XP, but not Vista.

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RE: Correction
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2007 16:40 in reply to "Correction"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The OS/2 subsystem was not removed from Windows until Vista. I have a couple of old OS/2 applications (including cmd.exe from OS/2 1.3) that still run on Windows XP, but not Vista.

Err: "There is no support for POSIX or OS/2 programs in Microsoft Windows XP-based or in Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based operating systems." As well as: "The OS/2 subsystem is not included with Windows XP or with Windows Server 2003."

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308259

Edited 2007-06-29 16:41

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RE[2]: Correction
by mallard on Fri 29th Jun 2007 18:41 in reply to "RE: Correction"
mallard Member since:
2006-01-06

Fine... I'm pretty sure I was able to run OS/2 apps under XP, but if MS say different, who am I to argue?

Besides, TFA is still wrong, because support was definately still there in 2000.

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RE: Correction
by rhyder on Fri 29th Jun 2007 19:12 in reply to "Correction"
rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

Am I right in remembering that it was just 16 bit OS/2 textmode apps that ran under NT? So, apps that were created specifically for OS/2 2.0 onwards wouldn't run.

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RE[2]: Correction
by rcsteiner on Fri 29th Jun 2007 20:25 in reply to "RE: Correction"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

Yeah, older 16-bit VIO (that's OS/2-speak for "text mode") utilities for OS/2 1.x would mostly work under NT, but most of the stuff written since 1992 would be 32-bit code. I have some older stuff like that lying around, but it's mostly little file/disk utilities and such.

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RE[2]: Correction
by dnstest on Sat 30th Jun 2007 04:43 in reply to "RE: Correction"
dnstest Member since:
2006-06-11

99% positive you are correct on that. I don't think the OS/2 subsystem in Windows was getting a lot of use, given that it was very limited in its nature.

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