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It's old, outdated and even current "old computer" are probably too "new" to even run this thing.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