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 on Fri 15th Jul 2005 04:11 UTC

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I started in the computer field supporting OS/2 at IBM. The hardware in 1992 was terribly underpowered to run this OS well...lots of waiting due to low memory for swapping.

At that time, we had DOS, and Windows 3.1 and WFW (Windows 3.11). Compared to these, OS/2 was light years ahead. I read tons of IBM doco's on how pre-emptive multi-tasking systems worked, and it was good reading. It's amazing how advanced this OS was compared to the junk available at the time for PC's.

I ran two copies of Borland C++ (2 different versions, I believe) for DOS in 2 separate dos box windows. Both set to compile some dos programs. Worked like a charm.

Remember how in Windows at this time, as soon as you formatted a floppy disk, the whole system was unusable? Well, no problem in OS/2. It could format that disk and still remaind perfectly usable.

It was nice to have a workspace setup such that the main folder, when minimized or closed, would do the same to all other sub-folders that you opened up from within it. Made keeping track of a project very easy.

How about that you could run NetBEUI, TCP/IP, and IPX/SPX, and DLC (for connectivity through "Communications Manager" back to the mainframe, all at the same time, and it was perfectly stable? Windows really had a hard time with networking protocols.

Even though IBM at the time seemed to care about OS/2 becoming legit on user's desktops, they were not as serious as Microsoft. After all, what else did MS have? IBM had tons of stuff they were making money on (although MF sales at the time were dismal).

This is about the time (mid 90's) where MS really kicked it into high gear, starte FUD (remember the junk about the single application queue for OS/2 which "could" hang your whole desktop? I don't know how many times I heard that garbage repeated from MS drones and article writers. As if this were an achilles heel for OS/2 that was so bad that it was a piece of junk. Now think to how often this currently happens on Windows (pick any version), and it's like what, 10 years later. What a joke.

Well, I think the WPS was a nifty desktop and the drag and drop concept was really developed nicely. Yes, it took some getting used to, but it worked well.

OK, enough nostalgia for now, for those who were in a position similar to me supporting os/2 since around version 2.0 - WARP3, hope this reminded you of the good old days. I enjoyed being the "OS/2 guru" at the time and I still have fond memories of that point in PC computing time...

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