eComStation and OS/2
eComStation (short eCS) is a "distribution" of IBM's OS/2. As IBM trying to kill OS/2, eCS is the future (if there is one) for this operating system. I run my home computer with it.
While there are less applications and tools available under eCS and OS/2 due to the smaller user base when compared to Windows and Linux, there is some freeware and shareware software unique to this operating system:
- The WPS extension DragText by Rich Walsh.
- The WPS extension XWorkplace by Ulrich Möller and others.
- Chris Wohlgemuth's OS/2 port of cdrecord and his great WPS-based frontend Audio/Data-CD-Creator (newest version available from Hobbes.)
- The USENET Newsreader ProNews/2, now available in version 1.58. While it has some bugs and missing features, it also has the most elegant and usable interface of any newsreader I have ever tried.
Other software which may not be as unique under OS/2 but is very nice or even helps to keep OS/2 alive are:
- Daniela Engert's device drivers (DaniS506, DaniATAPI). Thanks to her all past and present EIDE controllers and ATAPI devices are supported under eCS and OS/2.
- I use the AMouse driver which supports a lot of scroll-mice under OS/2 and eCS and allows you to finetune handling of the wheel and other mouse buttons.
- The components of the SysBar/2 utilities very nicely fit into corners of the desktop.
- PMView is a graphics viewer which supports most known bitmaps formats.
- The Webbrowser Mozilla, under OS/2 it was once called Warpzilla.
- I also like the interface of PMMail, but even the most current version is fairly old and does not support OpenPGP properly, nor does it support ASMTP or IMAP. I still use the old version 1.96a.
All this software and much more should be downloadable from the Hobbes archive.
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