OS/2 stillborn, was Re: TRS-80 Model 1, etc

Bill Pechter pechter at gmail.com
Fri Feb 2 20:16:45 CST 2007

BTW -- what killed OS/2 Warp was the problem of Microsoft saying Win32S
would give OS/32 windows compatibility and then going hog wild to make sure
later Win32 stuff wouldn't run on OS/2.

I know how many times IBM had to upgrade OS/2 for Win32 compatibility
changes in the WinAPI...

I ran OS/2 2.x at IBM and later Warp3 and 4.  I also ran Linux and FreeBSD
at the time along with Win3.11 for Workgroups until the lack of apps moved
me to Win95 and above.

Mostly now it's Linux, FreeBSD and XP... although I'd kick XP if it wasnt so
damned necessary at work.

I've got VMWare Server working right now to do the later as well as a native
dual boot setup.


On 2/2/07, Bill Pechter <pechter at gmail.com> wrote:
> As far as not buying VMS at a retail store.... I'm not sure if DEC's store
> in the Manchester Mall in NH (or was it Nashua) wouldn't have been able to
> sell you VAX/VMS in 83 if you came in with $250k and wanted to contract for
> an 11/780.
> Should've only taken a phone call to get someone to take the check. 8-)
> Bill
> On 2/2/07, William Donzelli < wdonzelli at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > >     Had it been anything but stillborn, it would not have been
> > > discontinued; IBM does NOT like to give up on a product.
> >
> > IBM will give up on a product if it is stillborn. They will EOL (end
> > of life) them quickly if they want to kill them off. This really has
> > not happened to OS/2 until relatively recently. If OS/2 was stillborn,
> > IBM would not keep upgrading it over the years.
> >
> > >  The fact that
> > > it was not for sale in retail outlets for about the last ten years
> > > should indicate it's acceptance rate.  It sold poorly even when it was
> >
> > > the best O/S available.
> >
> > You are not seeing the bigger picture. To add to my previous post -
> > no, you can not buy an AS/400 from a retail outlet either. You can not
> > buy VMS at one, for that matter.
> >
> > Flopness is defined by long term monetary return of a product line.
> >
> > --
> > Will
> >

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