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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What would make it more interesting
by BlueofRainbow on Sun 23rd May 2010 13:36 UTC
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A large number of comments have been with respect to the pricing of eCS 2.0GA licenses and whether its realistic for savoring a refreshed nostalgia.

For those desiring to experience OS/2 Warp in a nostalgic way for free, the "Just Add OS/2 Warp" distribution is still available on the web. This is a 3.3 Mb distribution (microscopic by today's 700-4,500 Mb LiveCD Linux based distributions).

See a page dedicated to this distribution at, Hobbes at and OS/2 Site at

This was originally designed to perform a minimal install on a DOS, Win 3.x, or Win 95 system while not altering the system more than adding a folder and initiator command. In principles, although I have not tried this personally, it should be possible to do this within a DOS, Win 3.x or Win 95 virtual machine.

Personally, I would like to try eCS 2.0GA before putting out any money for it and I'm eagerly awaiting the availability of a 2.0GA LiveCD for such purpose. I experimented with the 1.2 LiveCD and I liked it although not enough to go for the full version while 2.0 was already in its alpha/beta cycle.

One aspect I like about the license pricing for eCS 2.0GA is that the only two differences between the "Home and Student" and "Business' levels are the extend of support (6 vs. 12 months) and the number of concurrent installs (5 vs. unlimited). This is refreshingly simple compared to the recent Windows license pricing schemes for which some features are only available in the "Ultimate" (and most expensive) version.

Also, the $150 for the "Home and Student" is at par with the Apple "Family Pack" license scheme for OS X, iLife and iWork.

My personal dilema is that I don't yet see installing eCS (or even a free Linux distribution) on all the computers currently in house in my household.

Now, if there was a $25 bootable LiveCD (LiveDVD) with the capability of saving the session back on the medium like it already exists with PuppyLinux, then I would certainly get one.....the non-installable nature would likely be a plus too (the last thing I need is an OS War at home!).

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