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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RE: Re: So ... it's now offically free to copy an
by on Sat 16th Jul 2005 11:30 UTC

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I didn't see anything from IBM that it's OK to copy OS/2. They just won't be selling it. It may be ethical to do so, but not legal, unless they and other OS/2 copyright holders -- including Microsoft -- specifically allow it.

Well considering most ATMS used/still use OS/2 as their OS, it's something that you might want to implement in a runtime/production environment where you don't want any downtime.

I worked in the banking sector on deploying newly developed systems that interacted with ATMs; I didn't see one. Ever. I talked with someone last year who designed ATM systems for banks and OS/2 was not used on any new system he knew of -- from his company or competitors.

OS/2 while in use at ATMs was never in use to the extent that advocates said it was...and I being a former advocate was looking. New ATMs aren't being developed on OS/2.

If you got the figures and a source for them, I'm willing to change my mind.

Let's say we use it as a security system, where you have to swipe a card, punch in a PIN, etc. Not likely to be invaded by a virus, since you would be running OS/2 without the windows manager.

Same could be done with Linux...or one of the BSDs...or open Solaris.

The bonus is that you can verify the code is secure yourself. This is something that you can't do with OS/2.

I'm not a fan of security through obscurity, though obscurity does have a place.

Not sure how this will affect my workplace, but we have/had some mainframes that were running OS/2 in microcode.

Never heard of that, so I'll take you as the expert. With Linux, I think IBM has made it possible to run the mainframe with or without a hypervisor though I would think that with would be the preferable choice in nearly every instance. Full suite of Linux (and posix) apps one short compile away if not pre-compiled for you.

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