IBM refused reports that it was phasing out its OS/2 operating system, saying the company is merely changing the manner in which it distributes its software. OS/2 will still be available through IBM’s licenseing program, and the IBM spokesman said the company plans to support the OS/2 OS “indefinitely”. Read the report at ExtremeTech.
IBM: OS/2 Alive And Well
2002-12-12 OS/2 22 Comments
I am so used to OS/2 is dead, old and gone, it’s kaput articles that I am speechless!!! lol
I do believe in OS/2, I do believe in OS/2, I do, I do, I do, I do believe in OS/2!
Repeat several times with feeling and see how good you feel.
With apologies to the Cowardly Lion from the “Wizard of Oz.”
They should rename it to OS/2 [the os that refuses to die]. I’m all for OS/2 still being alive and all, I just think people should stop pronouncing it dead until oh i dont know…say IBM says it is? What a crazy concept huh?
🙂 Rumors of my death were greatly exagurated 🙂
I always ascribe this quote ot “Mark Twain” however as he is a ficticous caracter I’m not sure who owns this quote (What was the name of the “real author” of Tom Sauyer ???
[o/t]The “real” author of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twian which is the pen-name of a real person who’s actual name is Samuel L. Clemens.[o/t]
No OS is dead until the last person stops using it. As so many have said before – an Operating System is a means to an end – as long as your ends can be accomplished with an existing system what is the point of switching? I say this from a business perspective – not an OS Enthusiast perspective.
Hmmmm…. Isn’t it a pity that OS/9 was already taken. OS/2 seems to have 9 lives! 🙂
This is great news, from a nostalgic perspective. Unfortunately, it seems the banks here went Windows 2000 a long way back.
(Although, when an ATM re-booted the other day, I was stoked to see the NCR logo fill the screen, while the familiar OS/2 boot process was going!)
“IBM: OS/2 Alive And Well”
I do! 🙂
I care enough to ask for proper BiDi support in Warpzilla…
Well obviously someone out there questioned big blue and they gave a response about OS/2. So somebody cares, and you do realise that your at a tech site that specializes in news about Operating Systems. In case your lost OS/2 is an operating system.
You cared enough to a degree to post.
OS/2 is alive in the same sense that someone who has their head frozen right before being pronounced dead is alive.
I’m going to sic Tim Martin on you.
Just my attempt at humor….
IBM is already spending the money on fixing bugs, supporting customers and such, why don’t they spend a little more and come out with a new version?
Because it would be competing directly not only with Microsoft but with eCS.
long time since I used OS/2, and don’t have a spare pc to install it on. IBM should not develop a new version for the reasons said above. However, integrating OS/2 binary compatabily into Linux would be very nice
A perfect example is a computer repair I was working on a few years ago. Customer said that it locked after a few hours of operation. I tried running multiple CPU intensive apps and couldn’t get it to break. Finally, I broke down and opened up the case to inspect the hardware.. The end user had VELCROED the fan onto a very toasty cyrix CPU! Bow to the power of OS/2 – the OS that wouldn’t die!
So, one of my computers runs OS/2 – does that bug you? Do you lose sleep over it?
Of course, I have a Windows system (Win2K), but I rather like OS/2. Guess what – I even own a Mac! And, I rather like it, too!
Next buy – an old NeXT system I happen to know is looking for a good home!
Maybe there ought to be a law against nostalgic morons like me, ya think?
News flash: IBM discontinues support for OS/2.
In a related story, Linux is “finally ready for the desktop”.
Silly Penguin, *nix are for kids!
Do all of the WinIdiots feel better after their obligatory biannual exuberant outbursts? We’ve been hearing this same tune for over a decade now without a single change in the beat. Why do all of the Microserfs get so jazzed up at the even the slightest mention of OS/2? I think that I know…
They joined the lemmings marching towards Windows 95 `cause they bought the snake-oil salesman’s claim that it would cure all of their ills and besides. . .OS/2 is dead (1995)
Turns out that Windows 95 sucked really badly and even Ziff-Davis’ most jaundiced reporting could not present it favourably. . .”We got taken but we really didn’t have a choice `cause OS/2 is dead!”
Windows 98 rolls out with a few more of the features promised to be in 95 but when compared with OS/2 it still offgasses a sickly fecal smell. . .”Good thing that OS/2 is dead or getting suckered by the same con artist using the same scam would be rough on the pride.”
But wait! OS/2 was still around (and looking pretty good too!)
Then Windows ME appeared and the sheep rushed to it with the hopes that it would end their misery only to find a pain amplifier in OS form. It was sad but they had no choice. . .OS/2 was dead after all. . .
Finally MS releases Win2k with a modest portion of the features that were promised back in `95 and all who committed their credibility and dollars to Microsoft could feel vindicated. . .”It (almost) never crashes and (usually) just works!” Hmmm. . .”features” OS/2 users have been enjoying for some time now. . .
“Oh well. . .If OS/2 had not died then we could have avoided half a decade of pain while Microsoft came up with a product that was fit to pay for.” Poor Microserfs. . .it is salt in the wounds to hear that OS/2 is not yet dead and is in fact better than ever.
I hope the Microsoft cheerleaders enjoy their frequent reboots, funkey licensing schemes, DRM, 2.2GHz Pentium machines that run moderately faster than a 486 with Win3.1 and such. . .Truth is that it is hard to admit that the snake-oil salesman is making fools of you. It is easier to pretend that his secret elixier has cured your boils than to face up to the fact that you have been robbed. This point is likely the chief cause for most of the premature ejaculations every time the demise of OS/2 is announced. Be prepared as this announcement will be made with monotonous regularity for years to come! (as it has already for about a decade).
“I invented Ctrl-Alt-Del but Bill Gates made it famous.”
Original IBM PC design team.
And why do you feel the need to insult people’s intelligence just because you are some prick that thinks you are somehow better than someone else just because you think you use a superior OS.
And I hate to burst your bubble, but Microsoft did a great deal of development of your beloved OS/2.
CPUGuy: Yes, microsoft did alot of developement of OS/2 Warp. They pulled out after the first releae of IBM OS/2 and Microsoft OS/2. Beyond this, it is IBM threw and threw.
Fedorenko: Yes, very true, but creating the first version is where all the work is, it’s the foundation of it all.
Geezle also just kinda left out the entire NT line of OSes until his idiotic ranting about Windows2000.