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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>> OS/2 Was The King Baby
by on Fri 15th Jul 2005 12:12 UTC

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>> OS/2 Was The King Baby

>> A stable rock solid feature filled performer. I will miss it for it was truly one of the great all time OS's. If you never got to know it intimately you really missed something.

Here here! OS/2 WAS rock solid. I used it for a project at work once, just because of the file system, HPFS. We had THOUSANDS, 33 thousand little control files for some milling machines. HPFS was the only file system at that time that could handle the files without clustering problems...these little files would take up all of the hard drive space just because of the minimum allocation in the file system. We would need 3 hard drives under DOS, but just under one third of a drive (I forget the drive sizes back then) under HPFS. And what was even more clever was that OS/2 ran the real-time DOS control software for the milling machine in a multitasked environment FASTER and SMOOTHER than PC-DOS 7. I fell in love with OS/2 so much, I used it at home and then at College. In College, IBM was pitching us engineers to do development on it...but everyone became focused on Windows NT 4.0 by that time (which was not out when I did the OS/2 project) and the OS just kind of faded away. I used OS/2 more then 6 years on a regular basis, and it took me while to realize that I did not have to dual boot it with NT 4.0 for a long while...I just have never seen such a rock solid kernel...the only problem with OS/2 is that it was designed to really use just the Intel processors.

Dano

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