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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RE: good memories
by tylerdurden on Tue 3rd Apr 2012 16:27 UTC 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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