Linked by eCSRuleZ on Mon 31st Aug 2009 20:29 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Serenity Systems International and Mensys BV have announced the immediate availability of eComStation 2.0 Silver Release for download on August 28th, 2009. This beta release RC7, codenamed "Silver Release", is available to Software Subscription subscribers. This release of eComStation 2.0 has been under development for a long time. This is demonstrated in the amount of issues resolved and the amount of code committed. For example, 259 bugs were resolved, of which 174 were "fixed" since the previous beta release (eCS 2.0 RC6a). Over 1450 commits were made since the release of eComStation v2.0 RC6a (beta).
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RE: eComStation
by Governa on Mon 31st Aug 2009 22:24 UTC in reply to "eComStation"
Governa
Member since:
2006-04-09

@ marcp

It's fairly known that eComStation and VM solutions don't play along very well, since the times of OS/2. According to Wikipedia:

"(...) OS/2 has historically been more difficult to run in a virtual machine than most other legacy x86 operating systems because of its extensive reliance on the full set of features of the x86 CPU. (...) During a pre-launch session (ESX3) with VMware in Oslo, Norway, December 2005, they specifically said that OS/2's use of the CPU's ring 2 was the reason that it would not run in VMware.(...)

Also interesting to note is that Parallels Inc., the virtualization technology company that we know today, was born in great part thanks to this particular problem between OS/2 / eComStation and existing VM solutions.

"(...) A large German bank needed a way to use OS/2 on newer hardware that OS/2 did not support. As virtualization software is an easy way around this, the company desired to run OS/2 under a hypervisor. Once it was determined that VMware was not a possibility, it hired a group of Russian software developers to write a host-based hypervisor that would officially support OS/2. Thus, the Parallels, Inc. company and their Parallels Workstation was born. (...)"

More info here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Os2_warp#Virtualization

Edited 2009-08-31 22:25 UTC

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RE[2]: eComStation
by marcp on Mon 31st Aug 2009 23:11 in reply to "RE: eComStation"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Thank you for this information. I'll gladly download it again to check the whole thing via normal livecd boot procedure.

I wasn't really that much into the eComStation stuff, so I didn't get the facts about its problems related to VMs.

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RE[3]: eComStation
by marcp on Tue 1st Sep 2009 13:25 in reply to "RE[2]: eComStation"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Sadly to say, the eComStation doesn't work on my machine properly. It boots up and then just freezes forever, disabling mouse and - partialy - a keyboard.

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