Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Jan 2010 22:52 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
OS/2 and eComStation We're already nine days into the year 2010, and yet, eComStation 2.0 has not yet been released. The final release should've been released before the end of 2009, but December 31 came, and no release. Luckily, the eComStation team has released a statement, saying that the final release is definitely around the corner.
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RE: It is a pity...
by shotsman on Sun 10th Jan 2010 08:47 UTC in reply to "It is a pity..."
shotsman
Member since:
2005-07-22

Your comment made me investigate how much it does cost.
Here in the UK, it is £215 Ouch. More expensive than Windows 7!
I know it has a limited market but this sort of pricing in this day & age is simply downright silly.

Why would I buy this? What (Apart from OS 2 compatibility) is its USP?

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RE[2]: It is a pity...
by werpu on Sun 10th Jan 2010 10:34 in reply to "RE: It is a pity..."
werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

Your comment made me investigate how much it does cost.
Here in the UK, it is £215 Ouch. More expensive than Windows 7!
I know it has a limited market but this sort of pricing in this day & age is simply downright silly.

Why would I buy this? What (Apart from OS 2 compatibility) is its USP?

Actually there are still institutions which rely on OS/2 software mainly banks and for those the price is ok. I assume ECS core market is the legacy IBM has left over.
And yes they have access to the sources, since they bought them from IBM.

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RE[3]: It is a pity...
by ilumin on Sun 10th Jan 2010 19:20 in reply to "RE[2]: It is a pity..."
ilumin Member since:
2006-01-24

No they don't. SSI does not have access to source code - at least not to kernel code. Strange?
And companies behind ecomstation (ssi, mensys) never bought os/2 from IBM. It has never been for sale obviously.
Price indeed is ridicoulously high. Strange? No, the lion share of ecs price are IBM royalties.
As long as os/2 won't be recreated as open source the prices will be restrictive - and we shouldn't blame SSI or Mensys for that... they do their best, but os/2 code and technologies are still owned by IBM, MS and others.

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RE[2]: It is a pity...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 10th Jan 2010 11:08 in reply to "RE: It is a pity..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I'd say one of the major advantages is that eCS can run DOS and Windows 3.x applications better than DOS and Windows 3.x themselves can. Since there are still quite a few applications still in use on those platforms, I'd say that's a good reason to use eCS.

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RE[3]: It is a pity...
by truckweb on Sun 10th Jan 2010 13:42 in reply to "RE[2]: It is a pity..."
truckweb Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, but in 2010, why would you still need to run Windows 3.1 or DOS? Retro-Gaming?

It was cool back then, but if you still rely on a software that require Win 3.1 or DOS, you should question yourself and please, move forward to something new.

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