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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RE[3]: Ridiculously Overpriced
by poundsmack on Tue 24th May 2011 14:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ridiculously Overpriced"
poundsmack
Member since:
2005-07-13

I don't think it's over priced and I gladly pay that much for it. They aren't trying to spread it around like wild fire, they are just trying to keep afloat.

Given, if they dropped the price it likely would have more people checking it out, but still.

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tanishaj Member since:
2010-12-22

I don't think it's over priced and I gladly pay that much for it. They aren't trying to spread it around like wild fire, they are just trying to keep afloat.

Given, if they dropped the price it likely would have more people checking it out, but still.


Perfectly fair that you do not feel it is overpriced. Economics tells us that the same products are worth different prices to different buyers after-all.

My feeling is that it is mis-priced (too high) however in the sense that a different price would maximize profit. They are limiting their market share and their profit.

$149 for a home user is just too high. For one thing, it is above the psychological price point for the market these days. Second, it just does not offer enough value relative to competing solutions like Windows. It is great that it comes with a 5-seat license but most people do not need that. Also, they have no "upgrade" option for users of competing products.

I get that eComstation is pretty much a business only (and legacy) OS at this point. I also assume that IBM is constraining their options on pricing. The lifetime even the existing installed base is threatened by these policies however.

There are a lot of people in the "hobbyist" and developer camps, such as myself, that have fond memories of OS/2. I wager that Having a low cost developer option ($49 or so) would make a lot of sense. Giving free copies to Open Source projects that support eComstation would be even smarter.

I am impressed that projects like Firefox and OpenOffice.org (LibreOffice?) still support OS/2 but I am sure the situation could be improved if the barrier to entry for developers was dropped.

With a little boost to the software ecosystem, we could see the niche market for eComstation significantly extended. The overall market share could even grow. It is far too late for OS/2 to be a mainstream OS contender. It is not too late for it to be the core of a profitable software ecosystem for a smart company that can execute well.

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poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

"My feeling is that it is mis-priced (too high) however in the sense that a different price would maximize profit. They are limiting their market share and their profit."

I agree, if they dropped it a bit they could get more of a following in the hobbyist sector.

"I am impressed that projects like Firefox and OpenOffice.org (LibreOffice?) still support OS/2 but I am sure the situation could be improved if the barrier to entry for developers was dropped."

They don't officially. This is done painstakingly by a few companies and OSS devs within the community. But I am sure glad they put in all the effort. If you find useful to you (if you use eComstation) please donate as it helps support further development. sorry, just had to toss that out there.

Edited 2011-05-24 16:42 UTC

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