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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So, since they won't sell it anymore, and obviously won't support it, it's now offically free to copy and pass on to others?

I don't see any moral problem with that even with E-Commerce Station being sold as a seperate bundle of OS/2 and other parts, though officially you won't find IBM supporting that move. At worst, wait till January 1st. (Note: I'm not from IBM...so what do I know?)

Moral issues aside, why would you want to use OS/2 except as an oddity? It would be a better idea to grab Windows 98 and run that in an emulator under another OS.

While you could learn something about operating systems by using OS/2, you'd be better off with one of the other main branches of operating systems. These days, there are really only two branches;

* Unix/unix; OSX, Linux, *BSD, Solaris, ...
* Microsoft Windows; NT branch and WinCE branch

Sure, there are others...but most of them are unix-like with some BeOS or Plan9 crunchy bits.

OS/2 is an oddity. It is not more like an incompatable -- though nice in its day -- branch of Windows. (That day being about 8 years ago.)

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rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

Moral issues aside, why would you want to use OS/2 except as an oddity?

Isn't that enough reason? :-)

I can actually think of three reasons why it might still have some appeal from a hobbyist perspective:

(1) Using OS/2 *will* a learning experience for someone who has only used Windows, Linux/BSD, or BeOS. The platform represents an approach to the "Desktop OS" problem that really isn't *nix-like or Windows-like at all in most respects, and it has both a strong GUI plus a fairly strong command line and scripting environment with Rexx (and remember, both 4DOS and 4OS2 are legal freeware now so it has two very good shells aside from the bash and zsh ports).

(2) OS/2 is the best DOS juggler in the world. :-) As an environment for running older DOS software multiple DOS versions concurrently, OS/2 is without parallel. Linux with DOSEMU/DOSBox might come close in some ways, but it's really not the same.

(3) If one is lucky and can find a good older software source, there are still enough older programs and such available (between native OS/2 retail/shareware stuff and older 16-bit Windows stuff) to actually turn OS/2 into an incredibly useful platform. I still do almost everything under OS/2 at home except gaming and MIDI stuff. Remember: it's all about the applications. :-)

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Well considering most ATMS used/still use OS/2 as their OS, it's something that you might want to implement in a runtime/production environment where you don't want any downtime.

Let's say we use it as a security system, where you have to swipe a card, punch in a PIN, etc. Not likely to be invaded by a virus, since you would be running OS/2 without the windows manager.

Not sure how this will affect my workplace, but we have/had some mainframes that were running OS/2 in microcode.

Les

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