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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by morgoth on Thu 14th Jul 2005 22:59 UTC
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Quote: "Banks don't turn around on a dime because a bad decision could put a lot of their customers at risk."

Tough luck banks. IBM has the rights to abandon the OS2/Warp 4 project any time that they like. It's most probably costing them more money than it's making, so it's a good business decision. Unless there's a support contract there between IBM and the Banks, tough luck. I would *put* money on it that IBM had told these sorts of customers a fair while ago (before making it public) that OS/2 Warp 4 was going to *stop* at a particular given date. That said, then the banks have had ample time to search for alternatives, and it's their own problem. That would reflect on very bad IT management being employed by the banks.

I look at some of the new style ATM terminals and they're exceptionally badly designed. Buttons too far apart making them awkward to use. Buttons have to be really *firmly* depressed to register. Large screens, with details placed in large fonts on the screen (easy for people to see your details). Very little "shielding" of the keypad, again making it easier for others to spy on you entering you pin details etc. Keyboard heights that are just plain uncomfortable. As a male of average height (6') they are uncomfortable to use. They even feel slugglish to use these days, at least the old terminals were *snappy*. Of course I'm talking about the trend of Australian banks and their ATM terminals, I have no experience of non Australian ATMs.


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Has the ATM EVER given you the wrong amount of money?


Seems UI takes a back seat to reliable cash dispensing and a solid backend.

OS/2 is one of the most stable OS ever, and I mourn its death. Banks are right to stick with it, its well characterized and works.

Sorry you want a fancy UI, but the only thing that sucks about new ATMs is those foolish talking advertisements while you wait for the cash. Complexity sucks.

Want them to put LCDs in your seat in an airplane or keep the thing from crashing.

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Of course IBM has the right to drop OS/2 support at anytime, provided that they fulfill their existing support contracts. But IBM does not do that very often. Corporate types tend to like stability and long term business plans. That's why corporate types tend to go to companies like IBM and Microsoft, both of which have long term support plans for their products.

Contrast that to a company like Apple, which has never been able to make much headway into the corporate world. Part of the reason is simple: they don't let their clients know what their long term business plan is. When Apple turned around and said, "we are switching to the 80x86 next year; developers who still use CodeWarrior are screwed, because we didn't tell Metrowerks about this transition; and any software built for Mac OS 9 or earlier will not work," they slapped their customers and developers in the face.

Now look at who feeds the corporate clients, and who doesn't.

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