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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RE[2]: It's not even a hobby OS
by truckweb on Thu 14th Feb 2013 10:26 UTC in reply to "RE: It's not even a hobby OS"
truckweb
Member since:
2005-07-06

You're going to tell me that a Live DEMO CD is the same thing as a fully working/installable free Linux distro? Or whatever other alternative OS you want to use that tend to be free?

In the end, you're getting a free DEMO, that's it. If you want to use it, you have to buy it and cost is still going to be a big issue.

And I'm not trendy, I've said that I would prefer to use Win NT 4.0 (1996) that is more modern (fully 32bit) than OS/2. At least you can run much more Windows apps on NT.

To each their own.

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RE[3]: It's not even a hobby OS
by frajo on Thu 14th Feb 2013 18:26 in reply to "RE[2]: It's not even a hobby OS"
frajo Member since:
2007-06-29

You're going to tell me that a Live DEMO CD is the same thing as a fully working/installable free Linux distro?

I'm sorry about misunderstanding your "cost too much just to toy around with it". Didn't know your "toy around" was meant to imply "fully working/installable".

The meaning of the word "hobby" is another linguistic topic we seem to disagree. I don't associate "hobby" with "free".

Maybe it's better for the OS/2 community if not everybody can just toy around with the OS. Sometimes value has its price.

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vocivus Member since:
2010-03-13

He's got a point. Toying around doesn't mean spending 15 minutes playing and that's it.

To truly take a measure of an os you've got to install it, hack it, change things install things, try different adapters and hardware, build some code on it etc. With live demos, you can't really do any of that. The lack of change persistence is a non-starter.

The $149 price tag on the Home & Student edition is a lot to ask for an eCS license that covers software that is only marginally different from Warp 4.

I don't think it needs to be free, but I think $50 is a more reasonable price for eCS.

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