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Stop and Shop using OS/2 Warp?

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 I asked in the post; why OS/2 Warp is being used and not something like a modern Windows or Linux OS

 

Nope.  I quoted you, not paraphrased.

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They should get rid of those big archaic electricity sucking point of sale machines and replace all of them with tablets. A tablet could be offer much more advanced features and offer new intuitive checkout features as well like sending a payment from your phone to their POS tablet. I suppose a tablet compared a clunky POS might cost less also. I am not an expert on POS machines so don't quote me on anything :laugh:

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Erm.. Nope.

 

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That said, I was trying to get OS/2 Warp running in VMWare Fusion a while ago. Was damned near impossible.

 

 

That's a bunch of garbage.

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People aren't obligated to replace things just because they're old, in fact it's that kind of wasteful thinking that's leading us to deplete our resources so quickly. If it is still fit for purpose and doesn't present a security risk why should they upgrade?

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OS/2 had been VERY large in the embedded-OS business - which is how eComStation inherited that position; it's only relatively recently that Windows Embedded has begun to displace it.

A major use of embedded-OS technologies - self-service checkout (mostly manufactured by IBM - hence OS/2 and eComStation), along with ATMs.

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Well that's a ridiculous excuse. :p

 

Yeah, they should be doing experiments just to appeal the techie public. spend millions on porting code, re implement the product and hunt bugs.

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Yeah, they should be doing experiments just to appeal the techie public. spend millions on porting code, re implement the product and hunt bugs.

How dare you question the wisdom of the Neowin brainiacs?
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There's hidden costs involved with keeping with old technology, sure stuff like COBOL or OS/2 still work, but it's much harder to support them than something like C++ or Windows XP. Eventually you get to a point where there's nobody with any experience with a product, or to replacement parts for a product. Look at places still using old systems with ISA based coaxial networking adapters, when they eventually break you end up spending a couple hundred dollars trying to track a new one down. When your in-house COBOL programmer dies of old age, you have to hire one of the 3 remaining COBOL programmers, or train one from scratch, etc.

Keeping up to date with new technology greatly reduces the reliance on old technology that can fail at any time, at the expense of having to keep it up to date (What type of time encoding does OS/2 use? UNIX used a 32bit integer for ages so any un-updated UNIX box will stop working in 2038, etc.)

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Hi

OS/2 is still being sold under the name of eComStation. Open Source had been giving extra file to OS/2, the OS/2 community had ported Qt libraries, OpenJDK, OpenOffice, Firefox, RPM/YUM, Thunderbird,... many other Qt apps had been also been ported.

 

OS/2 software is still being used by the community and we still hang out at OS2World.com.  And I still post the news about new software ported to this platform.

We may not be at war with other OSes, like some people may want, but we are still there.

 

Regards

Martin.

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