Nerdy-ish wrote:Remember OS Warp, that system that IBM wanted to get people to install around the time of Win 3.1 (IIRC).
I really wanted to try it, but the programming was not exactly the best. At the time when I got one of their CD's I put the CD into the drive, and it spun up, executed the install script then said that the CD drive is not recognised. If it's not recognised, how with startup script manage to run in the first place?
Oh well, that was as close as I got to trying OS Warp.
Okay, I admit that CD drives back then were kind of rubbish, or needed proprietary cards instead of connecting straight to the ISA bus, and having a drive that was bootable was like performing voodoo.
eComStation 2.0 Home & Student Edition (ESD) - 149,00 EUR
M-Saunders wrote:eComStation 2.0 Home & Student Edition (ESD) - 149,00 EUR
150 smackers? That'll really help to get hobbyist developers interested in the platform...
I haven't been to the eComStation site for a couple of years, but it is horrendous. They have absolutely no idea how to sell the OS. So it looks like they're a true successor to IBM then!
Actually, Windows emerged while MS was working on OS/2 1, 1.1 and 1.2johnhudson wrote:Microsoft was already in the line to use OS/2 when a couple of hackers showed Bill Gates how to create a Windows environment on top of MS-DOS - something which he had thought was impractical. Once he realised it was possible to give MS-DOS a windowing system without IBM, he ditched OS/2.
Incidentally the MS Office monopoly did not emerge until the late 1990s, a decade after Bill Gates had decided to ditch OS/2 in favour of the fledgling Windows system.
Amiga did this in 1985. at least 4 years before OS/2. 3 years before Mac. And Windows still doesn't do itCompared to anything else available at the time, it was a revaltion. Fast, small memory foot print, effective multi-tasking. And the ability to run Win 3.0 software seamlessly on the OS/2 desktop.
MS hung onto the MS-DOS IP, making it impossible to clone MS-DOS fast enough ... so tying the OS level of the global phenomenon to them.
When WIMP ... UIs appeared, MS were not about to throw that away. OS/2 was IBM's challenge to their renewed Windows monopoly - again too little too late.
Nuke wrote:OS/2 could not have been "IBM's challenge" to MS because OS/2 was a joint IBM/MS project. The project was started in 1985 before Windows v1.0 was even on sale. Even after Windows came out, versions 1 and 2 were not even a commercial success let alone a monopoly. People were still waiting for OS/2, or thinking of MacOS or GEM from Digital Research.
Until about 1988 even MS still spoke of OS/2 as the proper successor to DOS and Windows, and of the latter being a stop-gap.
There are claims that what made Windows such a success in the early days was largely its games. Back then it was widely felt that computers were supposed to be serious tools ... a game could be replaced on the screen by a boring work document with a click of the mouse if the boss came out of his office: this ability appealed just as much to the PHB ...
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