Linked by Michael Hill on Sun 25th Jul 2010 10:36 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "As a long-time fan of GeoWorks Ensemble (now Breadbox Ensemble), a DOS based graphical user interface and office suite popular in the 80s, I've run it under a variety of operating systems and emulators over the years. You see, Ensemble requires an underlying operating system to provide a DOS compatible file system, not unlike early versions of Windows that required DOS. [...] With the release of eComStation 2.0 I thought I'd revisit the challenge of getting Breadbox Ensemble running under OS/2 again [...] but to add a further twist, since I didn't want to do this on a dedicated machine, I chose to see if I could get things running under VirtualBox."
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Sun 25th Jul 2010 10:42 UTC
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Forward note: OSnews is, and always has been a volunteer effort. Due to a clash of circumstances, none of the staff have been around to process the news. This does not mean that OSnews is dying, it means that the volunteers are otherwise engaged, and any sense of briskness for the last 12 years has been a matter of good circumstance. ;) I’m going on holiday shortly, Thom is away on an internship and David is largely occupied with his livelihood.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by WereCatf on Sun 25th Jul 2010 11:36 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Maybe you should write about this on the front page instead of comments section? Writing it in the comments of a random news item might mean people missing it.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Sun 25th Jul 2010 11:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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I'll second that; I happen to be interested in virtualization of old DOS GUI interfaces, so naturally I read the comments of this article. ;) But not everyone here will read these comments.

Edited 2010-07-25 11:48 UTC

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by truckweb on Sun 25th Jul 2010 12:22 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Because you see, for a moment there, that's exactly what I was thinking, OSnews must be slowly dying with no new article for a while.

So this kind of information should really be put on the front page. Also, it would be nice to know when life is going to be injected back in the site.


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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Quake on Sun 25th Jul 2010 18:47 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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You should post that in the front page, because I really thought OSnews was dying.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by braddock on Sun 25th Jul 2010 18:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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Perhaps someone should write an article about how to submit a story or news item.

I go to the Contacts, and follow it to a "too old" style guide, which points to an intimidating small print 12 page "new" style guide, none of which tells me definitively what e-mail address to use to coordinate a submission, or if I should use the news submission form to submit unsolicited full length articles.

How do submissions really work in practice?

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by mjhi11 on Mon 26th Jul 2010 01:48 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Thanks Kroc for processing my means a lot recognizing that the team is extraordinarily busy.

I'm just a "hack" but I love OS's and have been a long time reader of

Your last look at GEOS was awesome and the Yahoo! Group GEOS-Talk ( has tried valiantly to keep the GEOS legacy alive and were inspired by your write up a few years ago.

Again, thanks.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 26th Jul 2010 12:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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No way we couldn’t publish this. It’s exactly what we’re looking for. I don’t know about you, but I am bored to death of the “news”. I don’t want to hear about the latest Linux distro where they’ve slapped a skin on Ubuntu and claim they’ve revolutionised the desktop. I’m bored of iPhone drama, I’m bored of Android too.

What I like more than anything is people talking about in detail their own projects to scratch a technical itch just for the heck of it.

I know the 8-bit GEOS well, but never used PC/GEOS in its day and only brushed over it in my article. What you’ve written really adds some more background to PC/GEOS and that’s far more interesting than Ubutnu+1 Myopic Meerkat.

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