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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

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  1455 votes / 4%
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Windows ME
  3709 votes / 11%
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31518 total votes.
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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

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  • Re:Old Code (Score:4, Informative)

    by MoonBuggy (611105) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:21PM (#34566318) Journal

    It's currently in Alpha, but Haiku [] are trying to do just that.

  • MS-DOS 3.3 (Score:5, Informative)

    by EWAdams (953502) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:36PM (#34566582) Homepage
    Reliable, simple, did everything I needed it to do.
  • by mini me (132455) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @05:53PM (#34566800)

    NeXSTEP is still alive, it was renamed to OS X.

  • Re:VMS (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jethro (14165) on Wednesday December 15, 2010 @07:33PM (#34568110) Homepage

    Eh. VMS is the first multiuser OS I ever used, but the only thing I really miss is the ability to change the prompt to a crocodile.

  • Re:VMS (Score:4, Informative)

    by commlinx (1068272) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @02:45AM (#34570984) Journal

    I used to use VMS extensively and recently felt like a blast from the past so picked up an OpenVMS Hobbyist CD for Alpha for 30 bucks, see [].

    You can pickup a free Alpha AXP emulator called FreeAXP from [] and once you've signed up at your local DECUS chapter (also free) to get license PAKs you're in business. Runs pretty well on a decent PC, seems close to the same speed as the last real AlphaServer I used which IIRC was about $150K.

  • That's incorrect. (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 16, 2010 @11:13AM (#34573676)

    Most of what made OS/2 great, Microsoft has finally mastered.

    Microsoft wrote OS/2 - including Warp. Warp was nothing but a recompile of the OS/2 1.3 on Visual Age after changing a bunch of LONGs to INTs, UINTs, and so forth - it's been over 15 years so I may have the data types mixed up. There were still 16 bit parts of OS/2.

    I defy anyone to find an IBM statement that says Warp was re-written from scratch. IBM - not some fanboy who "heard" that it was re-written.

    OS/2 for PPC was the only thing that was being re-written because it was built on the Microkernel. The Workplace shell had some porting to be done here and there - in other words, aside from the kernel, everything else would have been the same old.

    When IBM shut Boca down - actually right before - MS was poaching some of the developers - in 1994.

    Sorry, but Windows has been better than OS/2 for quite a while.

    Yes, I will be going to OS/2 Hell as a heretic.

  • by TheRaven64 (641858) on Thursday December 16, 2010 @12:04PM (#34574432) Journal

    Why? DOS 3.11 runs just fine in a VM, without the incompatibilities of dosbox.

    Most VMs only emulate AC97 sound hardware, or occasionally a SoundBlaster 16. If it's the former, you get no sound. If it's the latter, you get crappy sound. DOSBox emulates a variety of sound cards, so you can pick the best one for the game. DOSBox also emulates EGA and CGA graphics well. Most VMs don't bother emulating anything older than VGA, so some older games will simply fail. DOSBox also emulates serial over a network, so you can play head-to-head games that used to require a serial connection without finding a null-modem cable.

    Add to that, DOSBox isn't x86-only. We tried playing Worms in DOS installed in a VM a while ago on a friend's Windows machine. No sound. Ran it in DOSBox on my PowerPC Mac, and it worked fine.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin


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