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[2]: GEOS
by RavinRay on Mon 26th Jul 2010 13:52 UTC in reply to "RE: GEOS"
RavinRay
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2005-11-26

Excellent point, you are right GEOS drove a variety of Nokia "smartphones" (before that term entered the computing lexicon), the 9210, 9290, the 9300 and 9500,

Mike, those four models already switched to Symbian, and there's a snippet at Nokia's Conversations blog about the decision to switch.
In addition GEOS powered a few Hewlett-Packard "palmtops" (an early predecessor to "netbooks and PDAs" perhaps?) called the OmniGo, the Casio Zoomer, and actually a "PC" version of GEOS released by IBM called the PS/1 as well as a suite for schools called SchoolView from IBM.

Now what would be neat is if Breadbox Ensemble under eComStation was able to use the Presentation Manager UI and WorkPlace Shell.

Oh, and GEOS also ran on dedicated word processors from Brother and Canon, as well as a very early pen tablet from Sharp (the PT-9000, which had only a handful or so units actually released, a collector's item if you can find one).

Here's an aside. IBM ported the Presentation Manager GUI to DOS as well. It was outsourced to Paper Software (I found one of the programmers on Facebook) and was previewed for inclusion with PC DOS 7 in BYTE magazine and elsewhere, only to be left out of the shipping product. IBM also had the Micro PM embedded OS/UI which was the basis for the GUI of the Japan-only PC110 palmtop PC and DOS-based WebBoy DOS graphical browser.

Edited 2010-07-26 14:04 UTC

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