New Poll Up
Sunday August 15th, 1999
The last poll was apparently unclear, so we have a new poll up.
Let me make something clear to all the OS/2 users in a tizzy because their OS of choice wasn't in the last poll. The poll's intent was not to catalog reader's OS of choice. If that was the case, Win9x and WinNT would have been on the list, as well. The poll was meant to gauge expectations for new OS revisions (with the addition of Mozilla on Java, which is a new platform in and of itself). I've seen no indication (and have yet to find any) that a new revision of the consumer OS/2 is planned. I have come across vague rumblings that StarDock might take over development, but that's really not enough to qualify as a new revision. That is the only reason OS/2 wasn't on the list.
The poll was not worded clearly, and I apologize. I will make an effort in the future to phrase the poll better. However, trying to imply that I deliberately left OS/2 off of the poll for some malicious reason is absurd.
#12 "what operating system... ?"
Sunday August 15th, 1999 2:29 PM
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I must say, OS/2 is still one of the best OSes I have seen. Its stability is superb, it is easily customizable, and its HPFS (and, from what I've heard, the upcomming JFS) file systems were light years ahead of their time on the desktop market. However, I won't agree that it is the best desktop system ever; I would give that award, with no hesitation whatsoever, to NeXTSTEP/OpenStep.
Its interface is second to none (including the Mac OS), with incredible attention to detail, such as the venerable left-hand scroll bars with jointed buttons, a close button that tells you whether or not you've saved the document, and menus that are free-floating vertically instead of cemented along the top, and which have submenus that can be ripped off and placed anywhere on the screen. While productivity applications at the moment may be a little sparse, they are by no means non-existant (WriteUp is still a very good word processor, for example). Internet conectivity is very good, with a built-in Mail/News client and a superb browser from the folks at Omni. And its remote access features are still unmatched on any operating system I've seen: use rlogin, and then the -NXHost option to run any application with the output on your machine.
OS/2 is a very good OS; but in terms of usability and all-around coolness, NeXTSTEP/OpenStep still gets the crown.