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Old 10-31-2022, 02:13 PM   #31
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Obviously, IBM continued to use the technology which they developed, particularly for "secure" applications like ATMs. And, they continue to improve it. But, so far as I know, they no longer attempt to sell it nor any successor directly to the public. Nor do they need to. They own it, and they use it on their hardware, and it works fine. There's certainly something good to be said for owning the OS code that you use in such applications: no royalty payments, and total control.
I imagine they hardly sank the level of investment that they did into OS2 simply to have it. They are hardly doing much serious development either, because they need programmers. Can you imagine the job interviews?

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Interviewer: "The job is for updating and maintaining the OS/2 Warp code base and patching against all known and future bugs. You also will have have to write drivers as required."

Programmer: "OS what?"

Interviewer: "OS/2. It was a separate Operating system for our PS/2 pcs in the 1990s before you were born, but nobody bought the PCs or the OS so we discontinued it. It was a great Operating system, but frankly we overpriced things."

Programmer: "Does anybody use it?"

Interviewer: "No, not really. We use it in house on our pc based machines, but not on anything we use, because there's no up to date software for it ....<Programmer exits>....NEXT!"
 
Old 10-31-2022, 04:24 PM   #32
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1] OS/2 was designed specifically to be one OpSys that would run on everything from embedded through PC. mini and midi to a Mainframe. It wasn't just for PS/2.

2] It was sold and supported by IBM through 2010 when shortly after it was sold off like Thinkpads.

3) It most assuredly was NOT ever overpriced. It came stock with TCP/IP when Windows was still using lameass Netbui, had a full Office suite included at no extra cost, later with Warp 4 voice navigation and dictation, was the first commercial OS that was completely internet ready complete with modem dialer as well as ethernet connection, was server and client in one, first to come with Java and JavaDK, first to support media streaming, came with REXX programming language included, and even version 2.1 had 20+ floppies worth of free upgrades over 20 times while Win 3x was on just 4, and while win98 was just mostly a graphics overhaul, Warp 3 provided over 24 complete system upgrades for free as part of the original cost which wasn't more than Windows initial cost, had LVM and simoultaneous disk access when Win98 could only deal with one drive at a time, and much, much more.

IBMs fail was poor marketing. It was said that if IBM bought out a successful sushi business they would market it as "raw, dead fish" Additionally they never committed to SOHO Desktop support and had no grasp of shiny graphics yet were humiliated when SOHO sales made Win95 a huge marketing success. Division among "the troops" and the resulting infighting doomed it before it even got past Warp 3. It was IBM's redheaded stepchild very early on. They blew it.
 
Old 10-31-2022, 04:50 PM   #33
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I'm not unfamiliar with OS/2. It was the best OS that nobody wanted. Yeah, they did everything short of giving it away in breakfast cereals, but it never sold. What they might have done was buy bankrupt & startup software companies and set them writing software & games for it.

I once read someone's definition of an elephant as "A mouse built to Government specifications." IBM can't usually do simple elagance - the management will build the elephant instead of the mouse. In OS/2 they had simple elegance, and imho didn't know how to repurpose it once the PS/2 bombed. You've heard of people having 'the Midas touch.' IBM have "the Jonah touch." Mind you, they do good mainframes.

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