Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Jul 2005 20:57 UTC, submitted by Kelly
OS/2 and eComStation IBM has hammered the final nails into OS/2's coffin. It said that all sales of OS/2 will end on the 23rd of December this year, and support for the pre-emptive multitasking operating system will end on the 31st December 2006.
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Well it's about time!!!
by on Thu 14th Jul 2005 21:04 UTC

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Does any one still use it? Where would you get
software for it? Open Source?

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RE: Well it's about time!!!
by on Thu 14th Jul 2005 21:24 in reply to "Well it's about time!!!"
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I am replacing 3 OS/2 Lotus Notes servers for one of my clients starting in two weeks.

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RE: Well it's about time!!!
by rcsteiner on Thu 14th Jul 2005 21:24 in reply to "Well it's about time!!!"
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Sure, some of us still use it. I'm coming up on the 13 year mark myself as a hobbyist user (first started using OS/2 2.0 back in August 1992).

There are a number of software projects for OS/2 which are still active, believe it or not, including three or four native Mozilla and/or Firefox ports (there's even a variant with the beginnings of WPS integration), the FM/2 filemanager (which is now open source), Odin (the Win32 API translator I use to run things like IrfanView and Palm Desktop under Warp), and Samba.

A very good site for OS/2 News and Rumors is here:

http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/

Also, eComStation is stil being sold and still has a separate contract with IBM. As far as I know, it isn't going anywhere...

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RE: Well it's about time!!!
by on Thu 14th Jul 2005 22:25 in reply to "Well it's about time!!!"
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>Does anyone still use it?

I've heard that Banks are big users of OS/2 for ATM machines. And, that this was the largest reason for IBM to continue offering/support it as long as they have.

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RE[2]: Well it's about time!!!
by on Thu 14th Jul 2005 22:46 in reply to "RE: Well it's about time!!!"
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TD Bank (one of the major Canadian banks) still uses OS/2 in their branches. Will they go over to Linux as IBM suggests? I somehow doubt it. On the other hand, it wouldn't surprise me if they continued to squeeze OS/2 support and licenses out of IBM. Banks don't turn around on a dime because a bad decision could put a lot of their customers at risk.

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RE: Well it's about time!!!
by on Thu 14th Jul 2005 23:23 in reply to "Well it's about time!!!"
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Yes, some of the biggest banks here in our country still use it, as a server and as their workstation.

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