Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Nov 2015 16:44 UTC, submitted by Sparrowhawk
OS/2 and eComStation

Lewis Rosenthal announced at Warpstock that Arca Noae is now licensed by IBM to create a new OS/2 distribution; it is currently codenamed "Blue Lion" and has a tentative release of Q3 2016. It will be based on OS/2 Warp 4.52 (MCP2) and the SMP kernel, with a new installer which does not require floppies or optical media (USB and possibly network installs), the Arca Noae driver updates including ACPI, USB, and MultiMac, and an updated version of SNAP Graphics. Lewis made it clear that there is no agreement between Arca Noae and XEU (formerly Mensys), and they intend to be a better OS/2 distribution than eComstation. Note that eComstation has been effectively dead since December 2013, despite some vague promises earlier this year that 2.2 would finally be released this month.

Not sure if the harsh words for eComStation are entirely warranted, but the long, long release cycle for eCS 2.2 and IBM engaging in this new agreement is, honestly, quite telling.

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Comment by neticspace
by neticspace on Tue 3rd Nov 2015 06:28 UTC
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Interesting news.

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RE: Comment by neticspace
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 3rd Nov 2015 16:17 in reply to "Comment by neticspace"
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However, what is behind the selection of the "Blue Lion" code name for the distribution?

It seems that one can interpret "blue" as coming from the IBM side of the original OS/2 venture and "lion" as making allusion to the Microsoft side attempting to replicate the Apple OS experience (which use felines for OS X code names until recently)?

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