• Return of OS/2 Warp set f

    From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to All on Fri May 6 22:04:00 2016
    I saw this article the other day:
    http://bit.ly/1TN8dmk
    An anonymous reader writes:
    We all know the ill-fated history of IBM's OS/2 Warp, while some others may not
    know about the first OS/2-OEM distribution called eComStation. Now a new company called Arca Noae, not happy with the results of this last distribution,
    has signed an agreement with IBM to create a new OS/2 version. They announced a
    new OS, codenamed "Blue Lion," at Warpstock 2015 this last October; this will be based on OS/2 Warp 4.52 and the SMP kernel. The OS/2 community has taken this news with positivism and the OS2World community is now requesting everybody that has developed for OS/2 on the past to open source their source code to collaborate.


    Nightfox

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  • From Soul Engine@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Mon Jun 27 03:14:00 2016
    Re: Return of OS/2 Warp set for 2016
    By: Nightfox to All on Fri May 06 2016 10:04 pm

    We all know the ill-fated history of IBM's OS/2 Warp, while some others may not
    know about the first OS/2-OEM distribution called eComStation. Now a new

    When OS/2 Warp came out, I was working in a computer store in New Jersey. One of our customers who was in "the garbage business" (you can never tell if these guys are pulling your leg or the real deal) came in one day and I'd been to an IBM conference where Warp was demo'd and I was blown away (I had never seen the graphical WWW at this point, so it was mainly the browser that impressed me; I misunderstood this to be a feature of Warp, and was unaware of non-Warp WWW browsers: at that time I had a shell account and did all of my Internet stuff that way).

    Anyway I was raving about it and he bought it. So you know what happens in the next two years. About 18 months later he comes in and plops the Warp box down on the counter and says, "You recommend another Edsel operating system to me, I'll break your legs."

    To this day I have no idea if he was serious or not.

    I did notice, however, that he drove away in a Jaguar.

    So that's my Warp story.

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  • From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Soul Engine on Fri Jul 1 19:58:00 2016
    Re: Return of OS/2 Warp set for 2016
    By: Soul Engine to Nightfox on Mon Jun 27 2016 03:14:09

    When OS/2 Warp came out, I was working in a computer store in New Jersey. One of our customers who was in "the garbage business" (you can never tell if these guys are pulling your leg or the real deal) came in one day and I'd been to an IBM conference where Warp was demo'd and I was blown away (I had never seen the graphical WWW at this point, so it was mainly the browser that impressed me; I misunderstood this to be a feature of Warp, and was unaware of non-Warp WWW browsers: at that time I had a shell account and did all of my Internet stuff that way).

    Anyway I was raving about it and he bought it. So you know what happens in the next two years. About 18 months later he comes in and plops the Warp box down on the counter and says, "You recommend another Edsel operating system to me, I'll break your legs."

    To this day I have no idea if he was serious or not.

    Funny :) Around that time, I remember reading articles in some computer magazines comparing OS/2 Warp with Windows 95 and such, and many articles talked about OS/2 favorably. At the time I was frustrated with Microsoft (Windows seemed slow and bloated to me), and I was hoping OS/2 would catch on more than it did.. I used to like to try alternative operating systems back then, but these days I feel more like whatever gets the job done is fine with me. I have mixed feelings about Windows 8.1 and 10 though, with the direction the user interface has taken. And I've heard concerns about privacy with Windows 10. And if Microsoft goes to a software-as-a-service model with Windows and start charging a monthly/yearly fee to use Windows, I might think about switching to something else more seriously. I've used Linux on and off for years, and there are some Linux distros I really like these days - Namely, Mint Linux and OpenSuSE.

    Nightfox

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