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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But it cost people like me
by Earl Colby pottinger on Tue 15th Nov 2005 18:37 UTC
Earl Colby pottinger
Member since:
2005-07-06

I have use OS/2 in the past. It did not impress me. From what I have read it has a number of features that are not visible to someone who just played around on it.

Without that 'golly, gee, wow' factor people like me are not interested in spending over $200 for an OS.

If it sells for $59 USD to some, then it needs to sell at thet price to all, and since I am in Canada that is a lot closer to $100 CND.

I think I will pass. Is there a stripped down personal version without all the licenced code like there is for BeOS? Not free, just so cheap I don't care if I throw away the CD afterwards.

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Yes, it does. Such is life.
by rcsteiner on Tue 15th Nov 2005 20:43 in reply to "But it cost people like me"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

Which version of OS/2 did you use?

Hint: Generalizing the term "OS/2" is much like generalizing the term "Windows" ; the difference between the original 1.0 release and current incarnations is huge, and multiple generations of development have taken place between the two.

Most casual PC users won't see all that much difference between OS/2's desktop and Windows' desktop in terms of functionalty (even though OS/2's desktop does in fact do a lot more and does it in a way that some of us find to be more "consistant" than Windows), and most users won't care about things like scripting desktop objects via Rexx or the ability to run legacy software.

Such is the nature of most alternative OSes -- they tend to provide advantages which are appreciated only by a particular subset of users.

Windows has the greatest advantage -- that of ubiquity.

The pricing is due to the fact that IBM still owns the kernel and most of the core tech, and they are refusing to lower their licensing fee for those portions of the product. Upgrade pricing exists because those folks already have that license from IBM and don't have to pay for it again.

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RE: But it cost people like me
by LewisR on Tue 15th Nov 2005 21:02 in reply to "But it cost people like me"
LewisR Member since:
2005-11-15

<sigh> Generalizations....

"Golly, gee, wow?" This is an operating system, for heaven's sake, not a car stereo.

You want free? There's a free demo CD you can get to see all that you've apparently missed between OS/2 1.0 (you didn't say whcih version) and eComStation 1.2: http://www.ecomstation.com/democd/ . The CD is bootable and does indeed boot into eCS (it's not a slideshow). It has some bundled apps, too. It will give you a good feel for the desktop and the responsiveness of the OS on your hardware (and yes, contrary to some of the comments I've seen here, eComStation does indeed install quite easily on NEW hardware).

Did you want free hardware to go with that, too? And, BTW, do you get free rent and free food, as well? Sorry to sound so caustic, but I get so tired of the "I might use it if it were for free" crowd. Do you think that everyone working hard to make this OS as tight as it is eats air, sleeps under the night sky, and walks to work naked? $59?? I spend more than $59 to fill the gas tank in my car, and I do that a couple times per week.

"Stripped down personal version without all the licensed code...". Well, as IBM writes the kernel (yes, that's right, while all the media seem to have latched onto the announcement from IBM that they will no longer be "selling" OS/2 (an exaggeration, by any stretch), the kernel is indeed 100% IBM-produced. And no, it's not a free project at IBM, it's a money-making proposition (how evil of them!!), so no, there is no "stripped down personal version without all the licensed code," no.

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rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

Linux is often available for free.
The BSDs are available for free.
BeOS was available for free.
QNX was (and is?) available for free.
Even Sun's Solaris is available for free.

OS/2 (aka eCS) is one of the few desktop OSes which does not have a usable free version of some type.

The eCS Live CD might be a step in the right direction if it works out well, and it *is* a free version even if it is functionally limited, but it doesn't come close to what is available from other vendors.

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