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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RE[3]: GEOS
by johjeff on Mon 26th Jul 2010 00:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: GEOS"
johjeff
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2007-11-06

Did you ever use GEOS? Either on a Commodore 64/128, or the PC version? The mobile version? GEOS was extremely fast and feature rich considering the hardware it ran on.

It was mostly coded in a superset of assembler. The biggest problem was probably the lack of reasonably affordable touch screens, other than that, it was a fantastic OS on any device it ran on. Well, technically, it wasn't really an OS since it required DOS for it's bootstrap, but it was more of an operating system than Windows was at the time.

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RE[4]: GEOS
by SuperDaveOsbourne on Mon 26th Jul 2010 04:09 in reply to "RE[3]: GEOS"
SuperDaveOsbourne Member since:
2007-06-24

Wasn't GEOS available for the Apple // line as well?

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RE[5]: GEOS
by Kroc on Mon 26th Jul 2010 12:29 in reply to "RE[4]: GEOS"
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2005-11-10

The 8-bit version, yes. The 8 and 16 bit GEOSes bear no relation to each other. PC/GEOS (the 16-bit one) was an all new system that was more like Windows 95 on speed when Microsoft were still on Windows 3.1.

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