Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 12th Feb 2013 13:51 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Remember OS/2? Promoted as the successor to DOS in the late 1980's and early 1990's, the product wound up losing out to Windows and then slowly fading away. This article recounts what happened and summarizes OS/2 today.
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Commodore
by sebastien-b on Tue 12th Feb 2013 14:56 UTC
sebastien-b
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2013-02-12

I vaguely remember some common works between Commodore and IBM to create Presentation Manager...
Know something about such a link with the Amiga Workbench ?

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RE: Commodore
by icumming on Tue 12th Feb 2013 18:46 in reply to "Commodore"
icumming Member since:
2013-02-12

Yes. IBM was in talks with Commidore to port OS/2 to a new as unnamed project, in case bDos didnt work. It did, and the Amiga came with a b based Amiga dos. IBM lost interest, and asked Commidore to pay for the port. Commidore also lost interest, as Amiga Dos was a very good OS. ( better than OS/2 and *much* better documentation. ). Later on the AmigaDos replacement project used a good optimizer on a commercial compiler to replace all the b based commands with a c replacement. Much fun was had. The c stuff proved to be faster. The point is you were right, but didn't know the backround.

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RE[2]: Commodore
by moondevil on Tue 12th Feb 2013 20:25 in reply to "RE: Commodore"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

What?!

The Amiga as a machine was a great piece of hardware, but the operating system was a joke if you are comparing it to OS/2.

Sure it was multitasking, but without any sort of memory protection.

Lets not forget how painful it was to do Intuition programming, which lead to the creation of MUI.

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RE[2]: Commodore
by Carewolf on Wed 13th Feb 2013 01:20 in reply to "RE: Commodore"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Amiga also had its own version of Rexx Arexx I think. It was pretty neat. It's tutorial tought me my first lessons in async multiprogramming.

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RE: Commodore
by milatchi on Wed 13th Feb 2013 03:13 in reply to "Commodore"
milatchi Member since:
2005-08-29

Not to digress, but your comment reminded me of the vague Apple and Apollo deal of the late 80s: Apollo porting System 6 GUI (QuickDraw & Finder) to Apollo's Domain/OS -- OS may have still been called AEGIS at the time. In exchange, Apple could sell Apple-branded Apollo workstations running Domain/OS.
References:
http://lowendmac.com/orchard/06/answers.htm
http://lowendmac.com/orchard/06/john-sculley-years-apple.html

Domain/OS was not based on Unix, despite the articles. I'd say it was closer to PRIMOS (also derived from Multics).

I apologize, the above is totally off subject but your comment sparked my interest, and this is an OS site and we are all OS nerds. :-)

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RE: Commodore
by kovacm on Sun 17th Feb 2013 21:33 in reply to "Commodore"
kovacm Member since:
2010-12-16

It is hard to find info about this: all sites points to this text:

http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/OS2Warp.html

but this looks like only source of this information... pretty strange.

BTW good text about OS/2 @ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/27/the_os_wars_os2_25years_old...
FOR FUN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnLmtuA42N8

Edited 2013-02-17 21:53 UTC

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