This week marks the tenth anniversary of the release of IBM's OS/2. This time ten years ago IBM and Microsoft both rolled out support for what was then described as a mission-critical operating system for the 1990s. At Comdex Fall 1987, both companies took centre stage on the theme of interoperability, with third party software and hardware firms touting their support for OS/2, claimed to be a secure, multitasking environment.
But this week IBM has not commemorated the event, even though it has spent countless millions of dollars during the period from then to now pushing the system for all it is was worth. Ten years after, the successor to OS/2, originally codenamed OS/3 by Microsoft, has captured the desktops of the corporate world.
Although OS/2 has now laid down, it still refuses to die, according to sources at Compaq US. They say IBM has plans to counter MS Wolfpack later this year, based on OS/2 server technology. The 3,500 corporate decision makers attending the Compaq Innovate conference are unlikely to swallow that, he said.
What is more alarming to both Compaq and the other members of the Wolfpack consortium is, so far, that large corporations are showing indifference to the concept until it actually appears. They don't want to be burnt by "future technology" until it happens.
Meanwhile, Compaq is expected to announce an 8-way SMP solution using Pentium Pros in the near future.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago