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osOpinion: The New OS/2: Warp 4 'Convenience Packs'

Apr 27, 2000, 05:37 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"Reason dictates that the OS/2 Warp platform, with its year-after-year cycle of free updates and constant performance enhancements (as well as the no-regression policy), qualifies as the better-supported platform. Now a new form of update is being provided by IBM, although not a free, giveaway version. IBM's new approach is called "Convenience Packs...."

"Microsoft has a dopey little saying in on their Office2000 ads, "What Productivity Means Today". However, they want you to forget about the zero-productivity part of the typical Windows routine: downtime, crashes, system reloads from scratch, version and file compatibility problems, and worse. Fortunately, IBM has a better idea. IBM believes that real productivity results from having a stable, reliable platform with no sudden changes, and certainly no need to format hard drives and start over again. IBM values customer data, whereas Microsoft does not. To IBM, data means business. To Microsoft, data is an annoyance that is better off just being ignored."

"Since IBM puts the safety of your data and the complexity of your carefully-tuned, personally-optimized desktop environment as its first priority, any new version of OS/2 will necessarily involve a set of incremental adjustments to the base OS/2 platform, not a full-blown product redesign. Since OS/2 is already designed with a more futuristic, technologically superior architecture than Windows, it is only natural that IBM would "not try to fix what is not broken". Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Convenience Packs will do exactly what the name implies: add convenience to the installation and update process."

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