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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RE[2]: Sigh
by zizban on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 13:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Sigh"
zizban
Member since:
2005-07-06

The price is high for a couple of reasons; They have to pay royalties to both IBM and MS since their code is in eComstation.

Plus its a profitable niche.

If you are student (or in academia) you can get it for $99.

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RE[3]: Sigh
by Xaero_Vincent on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 18:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Sigh"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

At my school I can get Microsoft products for free, minus the cost of shipping and handling. So even $99 is a piss poor deal.

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RE[4]: Sigh
by helf on Mon 5th Nov 2007 17:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Sigh"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

cry me a river.

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RE[3]: Sigh
by justin.68 on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 18:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Sigh"
justin.68 Member since:
2006-09-16

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.

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RE[4]: Sigh
by rcsteiner on Sun 4th Nov 2007 01:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Sigh"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

There isn't a native port of QEMU to either OS/2 or eCS that I'm aware of, which is too bad -- I've love to run a linux kernel in such an setup under eCS. Because of this, I don't think there's another way to run Windows 3.1 programs under OS/2. Odin is a Win32 emulation, not Win16.

FWIW, the WinOS2 subsystem is a fairly flexible thing; it's a copy of Windows 3.11 rewritten as a DPMI client and running in its own VDM, and it does tend to work fairly well.

In any case, I don't think IBM pays MS royalties for the Windows 3.1 code anymore, anyway -- if royalties to MS are still being paid, they're probably for things like HPFS (which MS developed in the mid-80's but strangely threw away in favor of abominations like FAT32.

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