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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Re: I failed as a Microsoft disliking OS user
by on Fri 15th Jul 2005 01:40 UTC

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I failed, and I regret it to this day. Why did I fail? Because I hated Windows, while there was a valid alternative, and I didn't switch.

Back when I adopted OS/2, I didn't hate Microsoft. I did lothe IBM, though.

So, why did I switch to OS/2?

Simple story; I was instructed to analyze OS/2 as a market threat to my company's DOS memory manager program. Marketing wanted to know what the weaknesses were in OS/2 so they could answer questions as they came up.

After laughing at IBM's obviously failed OS, and making snide comments, I dug deep in to figure out what the weaknesses were. 2 months later, I was convinced and quite humbled; OS/2 was sweet.

Having said all that, I gave away my copies of OS/2 and all the software I bought over the years in 1998. I still have many of the files from the last system that I ran OS/2 on a backup drive.

OS/2 was good. It has many good features. It won me on merit, not as an alternative to Microsoft's offerings. Linux did the same in the mid-90s.

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