OS/2 Not Dead Yet

from the alive-and-kicking dept

Well, look at this: OS/2 is apparently not dead yet. In fact, it’s being updated. It will be interesting to see what IBM does with it in the future. If they’re thinking of making another OS play, this might be the right time to do so.

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Jon Acheson says:

Well, it was coughing up blood last night...

OS/2 is a nice system, far more advanced for its day than Windows 98, and better than the Windows NT of its day, too. It was easier to maintain than windows 95, also, since in the worst case you could reinstall OS/2 on top of itself and it would return it to its defaults, but you’d keep your desktop and all your apps. It even had an internet-based update widget back in 1995, but OS/2’s used Gopher, and it actually worked.

The problem is, OS/2 is a product which already failed in the market once, and now it’s up against a dominant operating sytem form Redmond, and a free operating system from Linux-land. How can it compete, especially against Linux, which shares many of OS/2’s virtues and probably has more apps?

IBM should have sold it off when they had the chance.


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