Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2007 22:58 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "Serenity Systems International is pleased to announce the availability of eComStation 2.0 RC4 for download. eComStation 2.0 will offer unparalleled performance with Bootable JFS and support for multi-core CPUs. This is the eighth public beta release of eComStation 2.0. This product is available for download to all registered eComStation customers with active Software Subscription Services. This version of eComStation 2.0 is the fourth Release Candidate, no big changes or additions will be added before the GA version, it mainly consists of updates to drivers and installation scripts."
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Once upon a time...
by madcrow on Fri 28th Dec 2007 16:35 UTC
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2006-03-13

... OS/2 was just about the best thing available for PC. It had a really advanced GUI that wonderful multimedia support and actually used the right mouse button. Then Microsoft released Windows 95, which copied most of the superficial aspects of OS/2's UI (intergrated Desktop/File Manager, lots of right-click context menus and a heavy emphasis on tabbed windows) while stripping it of most of it's powerful OO features. This rip-off OS/2-Lite-on-DOS the became Windows 95, which is widely regarded as having the best UI of any MS product ever...

When you combine that with the fact that by the '95-'96 timeframe, Linux was finally at a point where a (nerdy) mortal could actually use it, the market for non-MS commercial OSes just plain vanished on the PC. Windows 95 looked pretty and was pre-installed on your PC. If you wanted a "real" OS, you could now get one for $5 from Walnut Creek CD-ROM (or free if you were at college and had Internet access) rather than for $250 from IBM. The people who were using OS/2 for its multimedia and GUI features moved to Win95, while the people who were using it because it was better than DOS+Win 3.1 as a multitasker moved to Linux. OS/2 was dead.

Edited 2007-12-28 16:36

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RE: Once upon a time...
by vaughancoveny on Sat 29th Dec 2007 10:49 in reply to "Once upon a time..."
vaughancoveny Member since:
2007-12-26

The people who were using OS/2 for its multimedia and GUI features moved to Win95, while the people who were using it because it was better than DOS+Win 3.1 as a multitasker moved to Linux. OS/2 was dead.


Why would anyone using OS/2 want to move to Win95? 95 tried an alternative to the Internet called the Microsoft Network and supported ill fated projects like Microsoft Bob. Remember? There was so much marketing hype.

Warp 4 came out in 1996 (if someone would clarify any mistakes) and even though Lotus made applications for
OS/2 it had 3.11 emulation to run better Office stuff like AmiPro 3.1, Lotus 123, Approach 2.0 probably with an inexpensive upgrade path for native versions. Okay Microsoft had dominated the Office market so Lotus began selling its stuff for scrap but people didn't listen and it got bought by IBM around this time.

That's probably why Smartsuite 97 sucked. I remember purchasing it for $50 Australian dollars (50 something US cents to its dollar).

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RE: Once upon a time...
by rcsteiner on Sun 30th Dec 2007 05:19 in reply to "Once upon a time..."
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

The vast majority of the OS/2 users that I've known since I started using OS/2 back in 1992 have moved to the Linux world from OS/2, not to the Windows world.

Some took a detour through BeOS, and a few have ended up with Solaris, a BSD, or MacOS X, but Linux is where most of them seem to have ended up.

That makes sense, at least to me, since OS/2 was a very popular solution among PC hobbyists as much for its "alternative" nature as it was for its relative technical excellence, and Linux is the logical successor on both fronts when compared to Windows.

A few did move to Windows NT 4 and later NT releases from OS/2, but Win9x wasn't really a common choice that I'm aware of (with the main exception being gaming).

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RE: Once upon a time...
by gilboa on Sun 30th Dec 2007 14:04 in reply to "Once upon a time..."
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows 95 didn't kill the OS2.
NT4 did. (... And the lackluster Warp 4 release).

- Gilboa

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