“Introduced in 2007 [sic], aerolitheOS will be our successor PC operating system for OS/2 Warp and thus a new alternative for users who have intentions to change their current platform. Our operating system is a full 32-bit protected mode OS that is binary and API compatible with OS/2 Warp. The OS will be used on our Aérolithe PC systems, even if its use is not restricted to these machines. It is extreme compact and reliable and ideally suited for embedded applications. Additionally, it is designed to be highly adaptable so that it fits the requirements of desktop and network computing.” Scepticism abound, though.
AerolitheOS: Successor to OS/2 Warp?
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2006-02-20 1:42 pmSartoris
OS/3 perhaps? I do like how the wording makes you think 2007 was in the past.
Introduced in 2007 [ed. note: huh?], aerolitheOS will be our successor PC operating system for OS/2 Warp and thus a new alternative for users who have intentions to change their current platform.
AerolitheOS will be our successor PC operating system for OS/2 Warp and thus a new alternative for users who have intentions to change their current platform, to be introduced in 2007.
At least that’s my guess.
eComstation is the sucecssor to OS/2…they licensed the it from IBM, including all sources and have been improving on it for years…so I am preplexed as to why these people think they are the “successor”.
How many announcements of this type are there? It’s starting to remind me of what happened when BeOS shut down.
and RE: eComStation—
Serenity Systems does *not* have access to the OS/2 source code. eComStation is kind of like what BeOS MAX Edition is to BeOS R5…though that is a bit of an over simplification
2006-02-20 5:59 pmagentj
Yeah. Another bootloader and “kernel” which prints “Hello World !”. I hate when someone is coding OS and starts with bootloader and usually finishes at bootloader stage. Operating System is not bootloader. There’s GRUB out there.
They should post news only if they have something to show – at least basic services should work. It’s yet another “Let’s make an OS” which dies in few months.
Someone may think that this may sound bad, or sth. Try posting such info on game developer boards (“let’s make DOOM clone”, “we’re looking for people”), and you’ll usually be doomed, when you have nothing working to show (ideas and not-working webpage don’t count).
Edited 2006-02-20 18:01
All your base are belong to us. Except that’s more amusing.
2006-02-20 4:18 pmjohndaly
Why not? People and companies have invested time, knowledge and source into OS/2, for them recreating an OS/2 clone would probably be the best solution. The biggest problem that is that you have so many small projects, most proprietary, that I have a hard time seeing any of them building momentum.
2006-02-20 4:48 pmRonald Vos
Still: why? There’s Ecomstation, and it’s not like the market is so huge there’s room for 2 competitors having a price war.
2006-02-20 6:50 pmjohndaly
There are additional reasons for AerolitheOS. The target is apparently embedded systems, eComStatins doesn’t. The point has bin raised that eComStation doesn’t have control over the source; AerolitheOS would, since it appears to be a rewrite.
In my opinion the best thing to do would be for the osFree people to take xWorkplace and start working on a Workplace Shell replacement build on FreeDOS32 and everybody else just chip in instead of working on yet another OS/2 clone.
2006-02-20 5:12 pmThawkTH
Competition is a Good Thing.
Why do so many of us forget that so regularly?
2006-02-20 5:42 pmJonInAtlanta
You just have to face facts and say “hey, what I was supporing was a superior product, but just like the VHS / Beta fight, the better product lost and it’s time to move on”.
I was a big fan of BeOS and hated to see it die, but the truth is for all intents and purposes it is dead. Better than Windows and Linux? Potentially, but we’ll never know (other than opinions).
Was OS2 great? Maybe, I don’t know, I never used it so I can’t say… but it’s now in the same domain as BeOS.
2006-02-21 2:32 amhelf
“we will never know” ??? haiku is moving along nicely. We will ‘know’ soon enough…
2006-02-20 7:42 pmRonald Vos
eComstation is already competing with Windows.
Was OS2 great? Maybe, I don’t know, I never used it so I can’t say… but it’s
now in the same domain as BeOS.
Actually, it isn’t yet for one big reason: Even though IBM stopped supporting end users directly at the end of 2005, they still will support OEMs under contract, and end users can still get IBM support through Serenity Systems (which has an OEM contract with IBM).
BeOS users have the third parties doing first level support, but they don’t even have a Be, Inc. to fall back on anymore.
The two operating systems are targetted at somewhat different audiences, anyway, and OS/2 has a level of legacy software support that will keep it going into the future far longer than BeOS will manage (my own biased guess as a user of both systems).
Browser: Links (0.99; OS/2 1 i386; 80×33)
rcsteiner is quite right- OS/2 has way more of a future than BeOS because of all the legacy systems that use it. As a result, there is a lot more commercial viability for a company introducing an OS/2 successor than a BeOS one. Lots of companies are looking around for support of their old OS/2-based products, not wanting to have to do the work to move them to XP/NT/Windows/whatever else.
I’ll be submitting an article on my successor (code-named “Duke Nukem Forever”) which only comes on cassette tape and has an all-ASCII version of Firefox.
2006-02-22 11:30 pmrcsteiner
Duke Nukem Forever is going to be released??!?
Er.. Sorry… 🙂
Anyone still using legacy OS/2 apps are insane in a business environment. I can’t beleive it. At worst let it run and have a fallback system to replace it. It can’t cost that much to replace it. How much will it cost in downtime/lost productivity etc. Insane. And to think a business would invest in such a gamble? Madness. Go with the flow or get bitten in business. Enthusiasts on the other hand feel free to do what you wish with your time – I don’t judge them.
2006-02-21 5:19 pmrcsteiner
If you have a working application, working hardware, and a good source of fixes/replacements for both, why does it matter which platforms are being used?
Businesses should strive for productivity and utility, not wasting time keeping up with the latest trends…
2006-02-21 6:19 pmronaldst
It can’t cost that much to replace it.
It shows you don’t work in the computer industry. lol
I DO run eComstation, but when I read the title, it remeinded me of the OS/2 source code theft a few years back. Like they stayed underground waiting for folks to forget. Maybe it’s based on that? Site is very lacking.
Perhaps they should change the name to 0S/Time Warp?