Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 00:05 UTC, submitted by Kim Haverblad
OS/2 and eComStation Serenity Systems announced the immediate availability of eComStation 2.0 RC3, The Warpstock Europe 2007 release. This release is available to customers with an active Software Subscriptions Services subcription. It adds a few new features and contains a lot of updated drivers and fixes.
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Heh
by Xaero_Vincent on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 08:12 UTC
Xaero_Vincent
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2006-08-18

eComStation has an identity problem.

The company who sells eComStation believes it's worth $259 plus $89 for an annual subscription to software updates. Its hard enough for Windows Vista to justify such cost.

So how does an OS/2 dervivative with a feature set competitive to maybe Windows 95 SR 2.5 do it?

Edited 2007-11-03 08:15

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RE: Heh
by Johann Chua on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 09:45 in reply to "Heh"
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2005-07-22

Because there's a small but profitable niche to support legacy OS/2 apps.

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RE: Heh
by Andre on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 10:54 in reply to "Heh"
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2005-07-06

I would like to try eCS but the price keeps me from doing so.

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RE[2]: Heh
by rcsteiner on Sun 4th Nov 2007 02:09 in reply to "RE: Heh"
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2005-07-12

At the very least you can play around with the LiveCD version, though that is very limited and is based on an older version of eCS (1.2).

http://www.ecomstation.com/democd/

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RE: Heh
by flywheel on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 20:15 in reply to "Heh"
flywheel Member since:
2005-12-28

So how does an OS/2 dervivative with a feature set competitive to maybe Windows 95 SR 2.5 do it?


Apparently you haven't got much knowledge about eCS and its features - to make such a comparison.
It still got features and behaviours that Vista lacks.

Edited 2007-11-03 20:25

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RE: Heh
by flywheel on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 20:22 in reply to "Heh"
flywheel Member since:
2005-12-28

Well, given the fact there are Windows emulators out there there's no reason to keep a copy of Win 3.1 inside OS/2. A piece of software like Qemu would make it possible to run almost anything paying royalties to no-one.


Then don't install Win-eCS - it's optional.

Edited 2007-11-03 20:25

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RE[2]: Heh
by daschmidty on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 22:01 in reply to "RE: Heh"
daschmidty Member since:
2007-03-01

Win-os/2 or win-eCS is not the root of the royalty problem to micrsoft, but rather the fact that os/2 started its life as a joint venture between ibm and microsoft. So actually version 1 and 1.2 of os/2 shared alot with MS products. Also NT was developed based partially off of os/2, so there is alot more entanglement there than just a win 3.1 emulator.

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RE: Heh
by rcsteiner on Sun 4th Nov 2007 02:03 in reply to "Heh"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

If you seriously think that eCS is comparable to an flavor of Win9x in terms of general features, I would politely suggest that you don't have much clue about eCS's capabilities as an operating system. :-)

The two OSes existed at roughly the same time (OS/2 2.0 actually predated Win95 to market by three years), but OS/2 2.x and later was one or two generations ahead of Microsoft's Windows 9.x line in almost all respects, and it was (and is) also arguably ahead of Windows NT and its successors in several respects (OS/2 is much smaller, faster, far more responsive under load, has a better native scripting language, has a MUCH more flexible desktop, has better legacy software support in general, etc.).

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