Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Apr 2010 16:55 UTC, submitted by sjvn
OS/2 and eComStation Now this is one for the rumour pile. Yes, a rumour about a long-gone (mostly) operating system that lots of people have fond memories of. Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at SearchDataCenter.com, claims that IBM is mulling over a reintroduction of OS/2. Wait, what?
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by Leroy on Tue 20th Apr 2010 17:04 UTC
Leroy
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2006-07-06

OS/2 Warp on floppies! I bought it to show my OS class different operating systems. Loaded it on Pentium laptop.

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RE: I got
by WereCatf on Tue 20th Apr 2010 17:13 in reply to "I got"
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2006-02-15

About 10 years ago I went and asked around from several local companies if they had any computer hardware they didn't need anymore and one company gave me a huge load of stuff they deemed useless to them. Among the load of stuff was full set of OS/2 Warp, including the whole box and manuals and all, in an unopened wrapping! I gotta admit I was quite excited and played around with it for a good while ;) Too bad I lost it in a fire a few years ago :/

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by aliquis on Wed 21st Apr 2010 01:31 in reply to "RE: I got"
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2005-07-23

Laptop store "Lap-power" gave away their OS/2 sets some day back when I was in school. Lots of people walked buy and fetched theirs =P

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RE: I got
by phoenix on Tue 20th Apr 2010 18:16 in reply to "I got"
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2005-07-11

OS/2 Warp on floppies! I bought it to show my OS class different operating systems. Loaded it on Pentium laptop.


Whoo, you were advanced. ;) I had it installed on my 486dx4 100 MHz system with 64 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, there weren't any OS/2 drivers for my NIC or my modem, so I had to install Windows for Workgroups 3.11 on top, and use that for network access.

The OS was okay, the desktop was nice, but there were no good applications for OS/2. All the Windows 3.x apps just looked better.

One nice thing about OS/2 was that it run Windows apps better than Windows. ;) And it had true multi-tasking, even for Windows apps.

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by gangsta on Tue 20th Apr 2010 19:35 in reply to "RE: I got"
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2005-07-10

I ran v 2.0 on a 386 DX 25 MHz. It was slower than molasses...really unusable...but cool. ;)

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RE: I got
by RIchard James13 on Wed 21st Apr 2010 02:26 in reply to "I got"
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2007-10-26

What sort of a silly install process asks you to insert disk 1 again after disk 3?

The OS was very good though.

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RE: I got
by Karitku on Wed 21st Apr 2010 07:47 in reply to "I got"
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2006-01-12

OS/2 Warp on floppies! I bought it to show my OS class different operating systems. Loaded it on Pentium laptop.

I still have OS/2 3.0 on floppies and 4.0 on CD. And I used it(3.0 mostly) like 1 year in 90's and it sucked! Having whole sumo team back of Golf doesn't compare slowness of OS/2. Sure it was exciting at first but finding software was hard since most friends had windows/dos machines, sure it was more stable than win95 but it still could crash pretty easily.

I don't see any reason to bring OS/2 back. It's too old, almost everything needs to be rewritten, UI is crap compared to any modern, all tools look crap compared to any modern, it offers nothing radical or new to table. It's bit like stamping Ferrari logo on those horrible electric cars, just forget it.

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by ggeldenhuys on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 08:21 in reply to "RE: I got"
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2006-11-13

I don't see any reason to bring OS/2 back. It's too old, almost everything needs to be rewritten, UI is crap compared to any modern, all tools look crap compared to any modern, it offers nothing radical or new to table.

On the contrary, the desktop is very advanced (even compared to todays standards). I'm not talking about the look, but the internal design where everything is Objects. I remember doing a demo at a computer show in the early 90's that when as follows: Drag a fax document template to the desktop - the app opened and I typed my fax message. Close the app. Open by address book app, drag the address I want to fax to and drop in on the fax document icon on the desktop. Now the address is attached to the fax document (shown with a small icon). Now drag the fax document icon and drop in on the modem icon, and away it sent my fax.

Even with today's OS's (Mac, Linux or Windows), I doubt such elegance is possible - and OS/2 had it in the early 90's.

The company that created Object Desktop (product now know as Window Blinds I think) even commented on how easy it was to customize the look of the OS/2 desktop because it had such a great design.

As for the file system. You created a shortcut, then moved the origin file, an any shortcuts are automatically updated to point to the new location. Such a feature doesn't exist in Linux, Mac or Windows. Again, OS/2 had this in the early 90's.

Multi-tasking, truly threaded applications and stability - that is what OS/2 was decades ago!

If IBM could give Linux a new GUI interface (similar to what Apple did with BSD and Mac OS X) by getting rid of X11 I say: GO FOR IT!

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