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[2]: "Re: So ... it's now offical..." @rcsteine
by on Sat 16th Jul 2005 11:45 UTC

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Yes it does support SATA drives... for more than a year or two now.

Shocking. Too bad you won't be getting driver updates now!

And yes. It does support USB (even 2.0) for more than five years now. As well as PCI-E graphic cards.(and usb scanners are more and more usefull for warpers, as it will become with usb webcams this year Well actually I've put old hard drive (from p133) with warp 4.52 (with all new fixpacks) to new shiny box (cel 2.2 ghz) - switch power on... and voila. Only driver I need was sblive 5.1 driver (one can choose between uniaudio (alsa compliant) and sblive (older port from unix). Rest of junk worked out of box... cordless logitech mouseman on usb, 3com nic and rest...radeon 9500pro.

I made no claims about USB or video drivers. Just SATA. You're talking about other issues.

That said, with a closed source and EOLed OS, you should buy more of the hardware that you know works. If you stay with OS/2, you'll need it!

So one can call it nostalgia, but another will find it fiting well into scalability definition. We're not talking here about 500 processors or clusters, but when it comes to 2 or 4 cpus (real, not that fake ht) os/2 seems happy to run on smp (and yes there's a chance a new multicore cpus will smp compliant... so smp version of warp or esc could use them, but this is not sure yet)

Listen, I like OS/2. I bought OS/2 software. It was my primary desktop. In 1998 I gave up on it. A couple years later, IBM made it official and said start migrating and use Java for portability. Now, they have EOLed it completely.

There's no nostalga, it's over. It was closed source and can not be completly open sourced without IBM pouring gobs of money into it just to remove the propriatory stuff from other vendors. If it were open source to begin with, the situation would be different.

So I've tried to fire up a winXP from first partition...
Well as I've done with BSODs and so... I gave up, and spent another lovely hour reinstalling this modern well scalable product....

WinXP is good if you configure it. It's a royal PITA to configure so most people do not do it. That's why I avoid it myself.

So It seems to me that your opinion on warp comes out from mid 90'.


In fact, hardware support in OS/2 is a lot better now than in 1999...

I would expect it to have improved somewhat, though if your statements are accurate, it's good that IBM and partners have supported you so for so long.

* With Linux (and the BSDs) and now open Solaris, vendor support isn't a requirement. It's a bonus.

* With OSX, Apple has a clear path and is strong enough to continue with OSX on two platforms.

* With Windows, Microsoft is...well, they are a monopoly and aren't going away.

(btw. there is no problem to add support for usb 2.0 in os/2 2.1... try the same with win95.... )

1. Outside of an emulator, why would anyone want to use Windows 95, 98, or ME?

2. They too are closed source, and EOLed. Like OS/2.

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Just to close thread...
SATA support comes from independent developer... so it's never been relying on IBM's and Partners will..
ECS team is working hard on acpi for oes ... and many others trying hard to bring bit of life into os2/ecs - none of them, I belive, never counted that much on IBM's long-term help on that...
So that's I think, why so many of still-users still see some point and future in it.


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