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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You Just Have To Laugh
by on Fri 15th Jul 2005 17:51 UTC

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"He's dead, Jim !" What, AGAIN ?!

But some of us (non-suckers, and more in the know, I like to think) just keep on happily using it, or in the form of the eCS successor. And will keep right on doing so. It runs plenty of competent, bread & butter business app.s, and handles your email and internet stuff just fine, all with as much reliability as you could ever ask for. If you're a gamer, do video editing, or prize the "sizzle" aspect of your GUI over the steak, then Yeah, you should definitely stick with the Redmund product. If you primarily run PhotoShop, you should probably be using a Mac. (But, for light duty tasks with photos, PMVIEW/2 is quite adequate.)

Meanwhile: I watch Win take its good sweet time booting up; the exploits and patches of the week; the lucrative cottage industries of antivirus and anti-spyware software (about which categories we just yawn and ignore); being able to inspect any piece of email with no fear of consequences; the fact that so much of our applications software and utilities are now FREE; the fact that our "defunct" OS is of a modular design, so you never have to worry about installing some recalcitrant piece of software that brings down the whole dang system, screws up the fiendishly labyrinthine Registry, and resists all efforts to remove it, even in "Safe Mode".

I could go on, but it's to laugh. There are probably a lot more of us dead-enders than you think (SUN seems to believe the worldwide total runs to 8 figures, but that's plain nuts), and we just keep on trucking.

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