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Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

by Volker Weber

It was a cloudy Seattle day in late 1980, and Bill Gates, the young chairman of a tiny company called Microsoft, had an appointment with IBM that would shape the destiny of the industry for decades to come.

Fascinating reading. Especially, if you were around at the time.

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Was there and still think OS/2 was a better product. Had servers running OS/2 until 2000.

Richard Moy, 2013-11-25 16:46

I think the most important sentence is:
"What it (IBM) didn’t have was the will."
That sounds oh so familiar.

Christian Tillmanns, 2013-11-25 16:56

It would not surprise me, if there would stilll run lots of systems using OS/2 today.

Wolfgang Fey, 2013-11-25 21:59

@Richard: 2012 here.

@Wolfgang: Some still work in the background. Or does this belong to the prejudice-topic?

@vowe: I know, you knew. ;-)

Jan Lauer, 2013-11-26 02:32

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