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[4]: It is a pity...
by mbpark on Sun 10th Jan 2010 14:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: It is a pity..."
mbpark
Member since:
2005-11-17

Because when you get outside of IT, and you have a piece of DOS software driving a $250K+ CNC machine or other similar real-time device, and it costs $2000 to drop in eCS and a new PC with support to run the user interface, or $25K+ to rewrite and test the SW under Windows or Linux, then guess which one's going to win out?

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RE[5]: It is a pity...
by marcp on Sun 10th Jan 2010 17:05 in reply to "RE[4]: It is a pity..."
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

FreeDOS maybe? it's free and open.

To me it's all about the knowledge - you just have to know about alternatives, or you will gonna pay some ridiculous amount of money, which is unneeded in most cases.

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RE[6]: It is a pity...
by Andre on Sun 10th Jan 2010 20:43 in reply to "RE[5]: It is a pity..."
Andre Member since:
2005-07-06

I suppose FreeDOS is a better option in this case. At least, when your DOS software requires direct hardware access, it's not advisable to run it within a multitasking enviorement.

The Windows enviorement within OS/2 requires, starting from OS/2 Warp 3.0 a copy of Microsoft Windows 3.x.
OS/2 will integrate this windows copy into itself.
(OS/2 2.x had windows support out of the box)

As OS/2 Warp 3+ (and so, eCS since it's based upon OS/2 4.51) requires a copy of windows 3.x, it would be more logical to run that on top of a (MS)-DOS.

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RE[6]: It is a pity...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 11th Jan 2010 14:37 in reply to "RE[5]: It is a pity..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

FreeDOS maybe? it's free and open.


Oh hell no. I don't mean to be too dismissive, but on to work with CNC machinery? That's not smart. If the whole thing kills itself (which will cost $200,000 to fix), do you really want management to find out that you went with a free solution instead of something guaranteed to work just to save $200?

I'm all about free and open code, as long as the potential damages from non compatibility are less than $200 K. Anything new => Open source. Anything legacy => USE LEGACY SYSTEMS FOR COMPATIBILITY.

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