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[3]: It's not even a hobby OS
by frajo on Thu 14th Feb 2013 18:26 UTC 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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truckweb Member since:
2005-07-06

Thank you, that's what I'm trying to say.

If you don't like the term "toy around" then maybe "take it for a test drive" would be better. And you can't do that with a Live DEMO CD.

I takes more than 15mins for me to select my favorite distro, I like to edit files, move things around, change the decors.

$149 to be in a "select group" of eCS users? Well, I'm in way better group that don't charge that much.

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