Oh Where, Oh Where Has My OS/2 Gone?

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| The news of the demise of IBM’s OS/2 is at best premature and at worst
| deliberate spread of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Disinformation).
| [...]
| In the past few years there was a push in the OS/2 community to open source
| OS/2. There were e-mail campaigns and petitions sent to IBM about this.
| Finally IBM stated unequivocally that OS/2 would not be open sourced. What
| this means is the OS/2 kernel currently used in eComStation will not ever be
| able to run as a 64-bit kernel. The current kernel will be 32-bit “forever”.
| However, as long as modern hardware will run a 32-bit kernel then eComStation
| can be a viable choice for those who love OS/2 and the Workplace Shell. There
| will continue to be eComStation driver development and driver porting from
| OSS projects into the foreseeable future. There will continue to be new
| software for eComStation ported from OSS projects like OpenOffice.org and
| Firefox into the foreseeable future as well.



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| "Some years back, Microsoft practiced a lot of dirty tricks using
| online mavens to go into forums and create Web sites extolling the virtues
| of Windows over OS/2. They were dubbed the Microsoft Munchkins, and it
| was obvious who they were and what they were up to. But their numbers
| and energy (and they way they joined forces with nonaligned dummies who
| liked to pile on) proved too much for IBM marketers, and Windows wont
| he operating-system war through fifth-column tactics"
| Mr Dvorak wonders if Microsoft is today using reverse-dirty-tricks
| to promote the Xbox 360: pay people to create Web sites that slam the
| gaming computer in order to provoke a barrage of defenders.