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osOpinion: The Win/OS2 Debacle - Lessons To Be Learnt

Mar 10, 2000, 05:34 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wesley Parish)

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"At first blush, OS/2 was a wonderful idea. The long-developed expertise of IBM in mainframes, multitasking and multiuser operating systems, allied to Microsoft's market penetration in the PC market. ... There was of course one fly in the soup. No Applications, or so few as to make its advantages illusory."

"Microsoft had nearly all the applications that people were using OS/2 to run. Developers were saying, why bother developing for OS/2 and Windows when if you develop for Windows you get your applications virtually running on OS/2 anyway. You cut down the time and money invested, and you got a high return."

"So, when it comes to Linux being able to run Windows applications, and even run Windows itself, we should take extreme care. Far better to support the number of projects out there developing native applications for Linux, and use wine, and other related projects, with caution, and with a clear focus."

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