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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RE[7]: OS/2 stability???
by Brett Legree on Tue 25th May 2010 14:13 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: OS/2 stability???"
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I agree with you - it is unproven for enterprise servers, I don't think we are arguing that.

Just as an enterprise server OS is unproven as a bank machine OS.

An ATM is physically a small thing, yes. Perhaps just a complicated calculator.

But I was not referring to physical size, I was referring to *importance* to the business itself. ATM's are quite important to the banking business, regardless of physical size.

For the average person, a bank provides a service - reliable service is "where the rubber hits the road" when we speak of personal banking via ATM's.

OS/2 was an extremely reliable platform for the ATM's. I have noticed a decline in reliability since the banks where I live switched away from it to a Microsoft product.

Crashed machines, longer access times to get to my money or banking information, and so forth.

That was really my point, that OS/2 and eComStation shouldn't be written off as not having any use just because they don't fit your own personal application and experience.

(Now, is OS/2 the best choice today for an ATM operating system? Not sure. Perhaps some kind of Linux, or BSD might be better. Certainly cheaper!)

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RE[8]: OS/2 stability???
by Kebabbert on Tue 25th May 2010 17:04 in reply to "RE[7]: OS/2 stability???"
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I dont doubt that OS/2 is very stable. Actually, I have heard rumours of it's stability. But, just because it is stable in small settings means nothing when we scale up to large servers. Maybe OS/2 would cut it even for large servers, I dont know. I am only saying it is unproven in that domain, and you should not automatically assume OS/2 will do for large server apps.

I see this all the time, people see that Linux is stable on their desktop and think Linux is the most stable OS out there, which is quite far from the truth.

Desktop is one thing, servers are a totally different thing. Dont mix them up. To scale well is very difficult and you face new problems that dont show when you do it on a small scale.

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RE[9]: OS/2 stability???
by Brett Legree on Tue 25th May 2010 18:39 in reply to "RE[8]: OS/2 stability???"
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Agreed ;)

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