Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Nov 2005 00:39 UTC, submitted by Mikael Elf
OS/2 and eComStation Serenity Systems offers a promotional price for eComStation 1.2 until the last of November. This will include a one year software subscription. The subscription implies also that you can participate in the betaprogram for version 2.0 and includes the version 2.0 GA release after betatesting is done.
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MechaShiva
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2005-07-06

For desktop use, you wouldn't.

Businesses with existing legacy code or hobbyists with money to throw around are really the primary target here. And if I'm not mistaken, it isn't really eComstation who are dictating the price here. OS/2 had/has code from many different sources which needed to be sublicensed. Couple that with IBM's licensing fees and then add whatever cost + profit eComstation hopes to make on this. It may be expensive to the casual user but for a business that has a lot of apps locked into the OS/2 platform, it's probably much cheaper to pay for eComstation than for the army of developers needed to port the applications to a new platform.

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truckweb Member since:
2005-07-06

For these business, I would say that the time has come for them to invest some money to recode their legacy code. Things change, someday you have to move along.

I don't want to bitch about eComm, but I realy feel that it's only a bandaid for a OS that should have died years ago.

Y2K forced many business to rewrite their code... Something should have changed at that time.

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LewisR Member since:
2005-11-15

>I realy feel that it's only a bandaid for a OS that should have died years ago

Huh? In favor of...what? Windows and all of its security flaws and inherent instability? Linux and package-dependency h-ll?

OS/2 is a solid, reliable operating platform. You might as well have made the above statement with regard to Irix, HP-UX, AIX, SCO, or NetWare. There are obvious applications for an operating system such as OS/2, and for a flexible desktop such as the Workplace Shell (vs the Windows GUI or the still relatively quirky Gnome or KDE desktops).

Legacy code? You make it sound as though no new code is being written for the OS/2 platform, which couldn't be farther from the truth. On what do you base your opinions? I am a consultant in the trenches, earning a fairly good living supporting OS/2, Netware, and Linux systems (and yes, Windows desktops, which of all of the above, require the most attention). I see good apps and bad ones on all platforms. The fact that a piece of code dates back ten or fifteen years doesn't automatically make it obsolete or inferior (Lotus 1-2-3 version 2 for DOS was Y2K compliant before anyone even cared about such things, and I still have clients using version 2.4 of that app - under OS/2, I might add - because it gets the job done).

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