Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 13:51 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "Co-developed by IBM and Microsoft, it was intended to replace DOS, the aging software that then powered most of the planet's microcomputers. It never did. Instead, Microsoft's Windows reinvigorated DOS, helping to end IBM's control of the PC standard it had created. By the mid-1990s, IBM had given up on OS/2 - a major step in the company's slow-motion retreat from the PC industry, which it completed in 2005 by agreeing to sell its PC division to China's Lenovo. But while OS/2 never truly caught on, it's also never gone away. Even if you believe that you never saw it in action, there's a decent chance that you unwittingly encounter it at least occasionally to this day." The last time I took a look at eComStation was way back in 2007.
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good memories
by smkudelko on Tue 3rd Apr 2012 12:24 UTC
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I actually remember OS/2 in a different way. When I was in high school, the company that printed our yearbooks subsidized our journalism department's technology. They gave us these old 486 AST machines running OS/2 2.1. We had to run Aldus PageMaker in Win-OS/2 mode, but OS/2 had better networking support. It also worked much better with NetWare than Windows. I actually have one of the machines at home.

My dad also used OS/2 at work. They ran some AutoCAD-like program for designing landscapes and decks/porches. As far as I remember, it was a native OS/2 app. When Windows NT 4.0 finally became ironed out, they moved to NT. I kept his workstation from home to play with OS/2 on.

I actually have boxed copies of OS/2 2.1, Warp 3.0, and Warp 4.0. I loved the game Cat & Mouse that shipped with it.

I always thought it was a shame that IBM exited the operating system business. I thought they should revive OS/2 by building their own Linux distribution and putting an OS/2 VM on top of it for legacy support. They could have their own GUI instead of Gnome or KDE. They could call it "Blue"

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RE: good memories
by tylerdurden on Tue 3rd Apr 2012 16:27 in reply to "good memories"
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I always thought it was a shame that IBM exited the operating system business.

IBM still has rather large OS development groups, AIX, OS/400, Z/OS, etc.

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RE[2]: good memories
by smkudelko on Tue 3rd Apr 2012 16:43 in reply to "RE: good memories"
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You're right. I knew that and shouldn't have worded it that way. I guess what I meant to say was that I thought it was a shame that they exited the consumer operating system business.

I also think it was a shame they exited the PC business. Their machines were built to last and incredibly stable (or at least as stable as they could be running Microsoft Windows). My family, school, and then clients, used a lot of IBM hardware... The PS/2, PS/1, PS/ValuePoint, and NetVista machines. Even the Aptivas were incredibly proprietary but durable and very easy to maintain. Yeah, they weren't cheap, but they also weren't cheap, and I'm always amazed when I see clients running some older IBM desktops that are in much better shape than their 3 or 4 year old Dell boxes.

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