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What happened to OS/2?

 
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What happened to OS/2?
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Re: What happened to OS/2?
"OS/2 is a series of computer operating systems, initially created by Microsoft and IBM, then later developed by IBM exclusively. The name stands for "Operating System/2," because it was introduced as part of the same generation change release as IBM's "Personal System/2 (PS/2)" line of second-generation personal computers. The first version was released in December 1987 and newer versions were released until December 2001.

OS/2 was intended as a protected mode successor of PC-DOS. Notably, basic system calls were modeled after MS-DOS calls; their names even started with "Dos" and it was possible to create "Family Mode" applications: text mode applications that could work on both systems.[1] Because of this heritage, OS/2 shares similarities with Unix, Xenix, and Windows NT in many ways.

OS/2 is no longer marketed by IBM, and IBM standard support for OS/2 was discontinued on 31 December 2006.[2]"

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: What happened to OS/2?
[link to www.youtube.com]
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Re: What happened to OS/2?
and then there was Windows
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Re: What happened to OS/2?
It used to be great in the Win 3.11 days, then Windows NT 3.5 came out and I dumped it. Have been with NT ever since :)
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I worked for a company back in 1999 while i was a student that still used OS/2. It was slow and outdated by that time and everybody moaned about it. Support for the OS had ended about 2 years previously at that time so it was kinda worrying that one of the biggest insurance companies in the UK was still using it.

At the time i'd only experienced a Windows or Mac OS so when i started the job i was wondering wtf is this OS?
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Re: What happened to OS/2?
bump
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Re: What happened to OS/2?
OS/2 was a rock-solid OS.
OS/2-Warp4 was 32-bit architecture, with protected memory areas.
No crashing like Win95. Occasionally an app would hang but it would not dump the whole OS.

OS/2 even had the best strategy game ever, Galactic Civilizations.
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Re: What happened to OS/2?
Yep, this vid brings back memories -- used to watch the Computer Chronicles on a regular basis. OS/2 was a nice OS that had it not been for IBM's fumbling of its development -- we would be using OS/2 right now. OS/2 is one of few wonderful OSes that have been destroyed by sheer stupidity or complacency:

OS/2
BEOS
AMIGAOS
VAX/VMS

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