Linked by Michael Hill on Thu 7th Oct 2010 14:59 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes This is a painful article to write. I've been a longtime fan and user of what is affectionately known as PC/GEOS over the years. However, I'm fearing we're nearing the end of GEOS.
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Get over it
by jibadeeha on Thu 7th Oct 2010 18:20 UTC
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Seriously man you need to get over it... PC/GEOS what a laugh ;)

Makes me wonder if anybody out there is still using a ZX spectrum, and Tasword to compose their documents, and printing using an alphacom32 printer if only they could get hold of the thermal paper?

Remember... If you mod me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine ;)

Edited 2010-10-07 18:22 UTC

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RE: Get over it
by truckweb on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:54 in reply to "Get over it"
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I'm thinking the same way. Some OS (and it's not even an OS, just a GUI) just need to die.

It's old, outdated and even current "old computer" are probably too "new" to even run this thing.

We don't have boatloads of 286 or 386 anymore, those days are over.


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RavinRay Member since:

It's old, outdated and even current "old computer" are probably too "new" to even run this thing.

We don't have boatloads of 286 or 386 anymore, those days are over.

That may be the case where you live, but what about in other parts of the world like the Philippines where oldies still work (like my XT compatible!) and where even today's base level PC is still far above the purchase price of many people?

I remember doing my thesis partly in Windows and partly in Geos back in 1997, as I didn't have access to a good Windows art program at the time and GeoDraw fulfilled my needs. It was quick, painless to run, and most importantly got the job done. While schools in developed countries can can equipped with Win PCs and Macs with relative ease, it's a struggle elsewhere. Where I live re-using old but functional PCs would go a long way towards helping schools give students even just the basics of computing. There have been suggestions to use the classic Geos-based SchoolView software (Geos client software with the OS/2's Presenation Manager and WorkPlace Shell look-and-feel licensed to IBM's Eduquest division, linked on a NetWare network) and update it to form a simple classroom network. Although it won't run Windows or Mac software (unless someone uses a Windows/Citrix server and writes client software for Geos to enable the PC to function as a remote/thin client), and others may pooh-pooh the inability to do so, if it can get schoolkids interested in computers in the right way, and they learn, then it doesn't matter that it's not Windows.

Bottom line? As long as someone is being productive with Geos, it deserves to live.

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RE: Get over it
by Dr.Mabuse on Sat 9th Oct 2010 12:45 in reply to "Get over it"
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Indeed, an article on the "death" of PC/GEOS ... My first thoughts are "is he for real?"

I'm all for preserving good memories (hence my collection of emulators) but it really is time to look forward man!

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