Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd May 2011 22:13 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
OS/2 and eComStation Yes, it's still being updated. OS/2 eComStation 2.1 has been released by Serenity Systems International and Mensys BV. The market for eComStation may not be particularly huge, but it still has its niches here and there. Since there might be folks here that aren't in the know: eComStation is the commercial continuation of IBM's OS/2, developed to support modern hardware.
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daedalus
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2011-01-14

Yep, let us all use Windows because that's the only true way to get the job done. After all, it is the only OS with software support from all major vendors, and the OS with by far the largest variety of supported hardware.

Edited 2011-05-24 14:42 UTC

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pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

There are other options. Like Linux. An OS that actually has a future.

eComStation likely does not have a future. There just aren't enough people willing to pay that kind of price for an OS that is effectively 15 years out of date, has virtually no software available anymore (sure you can build a lot of open source apps on it. But if you are gonna do that, you might as well run Linux), and that might suddenly disappear and become unsupported as soon a Serenity figures out it's not economically viable to keep trying to sell OS/2 as commercial software.

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demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

There are other options. Like Linux. An OS that actually has a future.

eComStation likely does not have a future. There just aren't enough people willing to pay that kind of price for an OS that is effectively 15 years out of date, has virtually no software available anymore (sure you can build a lot of open source apps on it. But if you are gonna do that, you might as well run Linux), and that might suddenly disappear and become unsupported as soon a Serenity figures out it's not economically viable to keep trying to sell OS/2 as commercial software.


Oh sure, it's the "your OS isn't worthy because you're the only ones who like it" argument. Time & time again, people fall back on this tired ass reasoning. If you like Windows, then fine, use it. If you like Linux, then fine, use it. But how dare you sit here & knock someone for using an OS that you don't think should be around & you deem as dead. Well, obviously people are still using the original OS/2 & obviously, people are buying eCS. If they weren't, then there wouldn't be a business selling it, duh! There wouldn't be a community that's still hard at work trying to keep it going, double duh! People are constantly saying this about OS communities including the BeOS & Amiga communities. Why can't you people face the fact that no one's hurting you by using the OS that they want to use??? It's not as if someone using an old OS is going to cause you to get hit by a bus or something. So, grow up & stop bashing these other OSs. You might want to remember this when it's YOUR favorite OS that's now outdated, with people constantly calling it dead!

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daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

Of course there are other options. I'm just pointing out that the other options don't have nearly as good support for hardware and software than Windows, so by your argument, why would be bother with anything else? Why go with the hassle of limited supported hardware on a Mac? Why bother with rough Flash implementations and *almost* compatible office suites on Linux? Why jump through hoops recompiling kernels and putting wrappers around Windows drivers just to try and get your built-in wireless NIC to work? Obviously someone, somewhere wants OS/2, otherwise it would've died off a long time ago. Just because it's not for you doesn't mean it's dead.

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