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osOpinion: The Warped Perspective: June 2000

Jun 02, 2000, 06:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Just when you thought it was safe to call yourself an OS/2 user again.... YADA YADA YADA. Yet Another Death Announcement. It seems like old times, doesn't it? Four years ago, we didn't have a full-fledged, native OS/2 office suite from Lotus, but now we do. Four years ago, we didn't have Papyrus Office for OS/2, but now we do. Four years ago, we didn't have Netscape Communicator 4.61 for OS/2, but now we do..."

"People, real everyday people, use OS/2. Since OS/2 is not the default, monopoly preload on computers, people use OS/2 by choice. People, real everyday people, program for OS/2. Hot-shot coders like Bill Schindler, John Urbaniak, and the members of the Mozilla and Communicator projects write native OS/2 stuff, as do thousands of other smarties."

"IBM has committed long-term to OS/2. They may not want to *call* it OS/2, because of the bad reputation and phony "death threats" from the PC media wonks, but it's still OS/2. IBM may call it "thin client" or "network computing" or "LAN client", but we are not fooled. It's OS/2 through and through. ... We really are spoiled. What other commercial operating system, costing over $100 a pop, has the quality of free support that we have gotten from IBM for the past four years? Nobody does it better."

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