Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 11:41 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation "This article is about the OS/2 and eComStation community on 2010 and I will try to resume the high points of the past year. Of course that this is my point of view and I'm listing the projects that I liked more."
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Why?
by fabrizi0 on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 21:09 UTC
fabrizi0
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2011-01-03

In today's world full of great OS / working environment (call it whatever you want), why OS2?

I've been a very early adopter (and supporter) of OS/2. Since the very first awesome OS/2 (3.0), I tried (sometimes very hard) to work with it. As a professional programmer I have also at certain point developed several applications for OS/2.

After several years I still read about OS/2. eComStation is its successor: but I was very surprised to see they charge $150 for a copy. Not even Windows cost that much (that, by the way, I believe is way too much for what it offer compared to the competitions).

An OS os no different than any other product: the final price should not be defined by the real cost of the product, instead, it should be set by the various and complex market rules.

I understand eComStation is just a way to continue to support the thousands of installations of custom applications, but wouldn't be better to eventually open source OS/2 (eComStation) and simply maintain the existing installations as a per-basis consulting contracts ?
Think of that in the same terms as openSolaris (pre-Oracle)...

In my VM repository I have Linux, OpenSolaris, and various experimental OSs, but unfortunately I cannot have eComStation... I'm sorry, but I will never shell $150 just for trying it...

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RE: Why?
by dylansmrjones on Tue 4th Jan 2011 13:30 in reply to "Why?"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Less than $150 for Windows? Lucky bastard. In Denmark the price of Windows 7 (and Vista) are around $150 and upwards. Or put differently; identical to eCS.

I still remember the joy of using OS/2 2.x back in my youth. It was a fantastic experience compared with Windows 3.x (incl. WfW). I was one of the really disappointed ones when Windows 9x took over. None of the fancy drag'n'drop worked anymore and the extended file attributes were no more. Those alone are almost enough to justify the price of $150...

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RE: Why?
by csynt on Wed 5th Jan 2011 14:45 in reply to "Why?"
csynt Member since:
2006-03-19

... I'm sorry, but I will never shell $150 just for trying it...


They could sell it (home edition) for -say- $50 as a limited time offer....

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