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: Comment by Kroc
by mjhi11 on Mon 26th Jul 2010 01:48 UTC 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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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by mjhi11 on Mon 26th Jul 2010 23:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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Actually I could take it a few steps even further than you...I YEARN for real OPINION! Not the the rehashed "news" that we get from the press, from other websites, the TV, radio, etc.

I want to hear real people, giving real reviews, relating real experiences and DEBATING pros and cons, recognizing strong arguments and challenging weak arguments.

As it relates to technology, I want to read about real people, using real software, using real hardware, trying to get a job or a task done.

While my post is less than "mainstream" I believe that there are so many lessons that can be learned, whether it's trying some of these strategies to get a different operating system up and running (invaluable as I never would have succeeded without others challenges getting other OSs running), trying something "different" to see if there is an operating system that is a better match for your goals and objectives, or just a recognition that by studying the past, we are better prepared for the future!

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Kroc, then you might be interested in the revival of VIC-20 programming and how it has resulted in modern remakes of classics like Frogger (with Frogger 07), and a software sprite API for an 8+KB expanded VIC. (Not true sprites like the 64's, but still an accomplishment. Not to mentioned the demo scene as illustrated on YouTube. I can ask the programmers who are members at the Denial VIC-20 forum to contribute an article or two here.

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