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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New Deal Lives!
by benali72 on Fri 30th Jul 2010 04:05 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

Practical hacker fun a its best. Thanks for an excellent article.

I remember when the product was called New Deal. Written in assembler it brings new life to REALLY old computers (P-I, 486, 386) and makes them useful for practical tasks. The GUI is acceptable to modern users, which is amazing considering the hardware it will run on.

This product could have real impact on reuse of old hardware if it were free. Unfortunately the current owners charge more for the product than the computers on which it runs are worth. So an excellent product languishes in obscurity when it could instead render many really old computers useful again. Those who enjoy the challenge of bringing old computers back to life will use free products like FreeDOS, small Linuxes, or BSD instead. What a pity.

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