Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st May 2010 12:45 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation After god knows how many years, it's finally here: the final release of eComStation 2.0. We first reported on eComStation 2.0 back in December 2005, when the first beta was released, and between then and now, we've seen countless betas and release candidates come and go, but the wait is finally over.
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mjhi11
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2009-08-15

Please remember that OS/2 was a "joint" program between IBM and Microsoft back in the day. Later IBM chose to "go it alone" after Microsoft's success with Windows.

My instincts tell me that there's probably a steaming, heaping pile of, er licensed code that Serenity must pay royalties for to Microsoft probably and IBM possibly.

That being said, I'm rather pleased that there is a "Home/Student" version and reduction in price for this type of license as there's a real gap in the market for those interested in running DOS applications, whether it's legacy DOS games, applications that have never been ported to other platforms, and other reasons.

While FreeDOS is an excellent free alternative, I'm excited that there's a more robust DOS platform available. And yes Linux is free, but I've tried a variety of different DOS emulation tools, etc. and there is too much effort involved to get certain programs to work, or worse, a DOS application that requires network/TCP/IP access.

My hope is eComStation will meet these needs, and I guess I'm kinda a legacy geek anyway, the first program I want to try on it is GeoWorks (AKA NewDeal Office and now Breadbox Ensemble)!

I've been successful in getting GeoWorks/Breadbox to work in DOSBox but a huge negative is no networking support so you can't browse the web, use email, etc.

As for price $149 is rather steep granted, but much better than the $250 or so previously. On the other hand a new version of Windows costs between $99.00 and $150.00 (or more), a new version of DOS back in the day (which you can't even buy anymore from IBM, Novell, DR or Microsoft) cost $60.00 to $65.00 new back in the day so at $149.00 I'll be placing my order.

Guess it's all in your perspective.

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mjhi11 Member since:
2009-08-15

Oh, and another plus (at least in my book) is they sell through resellers and thus these resellers have costs associated with the transaction and the need to make at least a small profit.

As a 20 year VAR myself (but never for eComStation or OS/2) I can appreciate the fact that Serenity Systems hasn't been tempted to "sell direct" as so many other companies choose to do after their VARs work tirelessly to introduce a new, unknown product to their customers, market that software, take the risk of staffing up sales and technical support staff to support the product and growing market share, only to have the software company "go direct" and cut out their VARs.

As an OS/2 fan, some of the VARs listed on their Buy page have been involved in OS/2 since the beginning. A testament to these companies and a testament to Serenity Systems for continuing to sell through VARs.

And for those who think VARs are getting rich, most margins on software these days are around 20% to 30% but when you figure in credit card transaction fees around 3%, internal shipping and inventory costs, sales commissions and back office overhead, etc. if a VAR makes 10% on a sale they're doing well. In comparison there's on average a 50% markup on most goods you consume and purchase such as clothing, restaurant meals, food, etc.

Edited 2010-05-22 13:56 UTC

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