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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I too wish it was around $50 but ...
by Sabon on Sat 22nd May 2010 15:47 UTC
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I too wish it was around $50 but like someone has already stated, IBM and Microsoft own rights to licensing so Serenity has to pay them too, not just themselves.

There is also the fact that the full version (unlimited installs) comes with a year of phone support and the home/student version, which you can install on up to 5 computers, comes with six months of phone support.

So exactly how many computers can you legally install Windows on? What was that? One. ONE!? Just one? And you paid HOW MUCH for Windows? Suckers. Next time buy a less expensive OS.

And what was that? How long of phone support do you get with Windows? What was that? You have to pay a per call rate for each incident you call them about? What was that? Their phone support sucks? Hey, I've been there. I support Windows computers at work at an org with over 10,000 employees. I know what Microsoft "support" is like.

As for what OS/2 is like and what it can do. Yes it is very industrial and not in a good way. But what you can do with it is truly amazing. Just because it doesn't run what you want, or think you want, isn't any criteria for whether it is any good or not.

I would compare OS/2 and Windows to semi trucks and cars. Where a car engine is lucky, extremely lucky, to make 200,000 miles, it is more common for semi truck engines to rack up over 2 million miles.

When you absolutely need an OS that will be up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 ¼ days a year. Windows is NOT the answer for that. OS/2 is one of the answers. And it is far less expensive than the other OSs that do run year after year after year without having to be rebooted because of internal limitations.

There is a reason you need all those Windows servers. Because they FAIL and the leading cause isn't hardware. By fail I mean that for whatever reason it is that you have to reboot, that is a failure for that computer to stay up.

By if I have X number of Windows computers it doesn't matter.

How about cash machines. When was the last time you saw an OS/2 cash machine crash due to software issues. My guess is never. And guess what, OS/2 runs in more cash machines in the world than Windows. Their failures are receipt jams and things like that. I know, my wife used to repair them. Windows cash machines? Their biggest point of failure is … Windows.

So when you need reliability where you need to absolutely count on the computer staying up with zero reboots, well, which would you bet your whole life net worth on? I certainly wouldn't put it on Windows.

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