In Australia Rupert Murdoch's "quality" daily the Australian
republished an article by a Barabara Gengler from Platforms
entitled "OS/2 misses the Merced bus". This followed an IBM
announcement that it will be the only Intel-based operating
system not to support the 64-bit Merced chip.
Presumably IBM hasn't the programming firepower to do it.
"Porting OS/2 to Merced would be on a par with porting to the
PowerPC - IBM wasn't able to get that to work either". This
confirms Brad Wardell's essay distributed late last year,
"OS/2 the past, present and the future" - that IBM made a mess
of the PowerPC venture which mortally weakened OS/2 at a
critical stage. I understand some of the core of OS/2 is
coded in assembler and since IBM's "downsizing", closing of
Baton Rouge (spelling?) etc. the hot shots have been dispersed.
So there is no one capable in the place to do the porting?
Is IBM's top level thinking dominated by what we Aussies
call economic rationalism, or more correctly, economic
fundamentalism? That is to say an accountant's mentality,
narrow short term marketing outlook, taking the market as is,
lacking a long term commitment to non-market factors such as
technical excellence and prowess, lacking a contributory
attitude to offering the best to society. With a
contributory mentality the form of markets become an outcome
of the contributions rather than something taken as is. If
the number of people with a contributory mentality become too
few, the marketism mentality would result in a shapeless
morass. Before pervasive large scale technology where markets
dealt with uncomplex things like food, clothing and shelter
shapelessness didn't matter. But with powerful ubiquitous
technology, shapelessness means things like environmental
degradation, mis-shapen cities and excellent things like
OS/2 given the ping pong ball treatment in IBM!
On the other hand the article shows IBM staying in there
and just doing the on-going support and upgrading of the
op sys. Points mentioned include: IBM is pitching it to
small to medium businesses (not "big" business as many in this
group suggest) or as a turn key solution; Warp Server to
include support for managing Windows NT 4.0 clients, GUI
resource monitoring, backup & recovery functionality;
Year 2000 compliance, web serving capability, Java 1.1.6
support, deliver functionality OS/2 clients over the Internet
by "Software Choice service". Netscape 4.0 will be delivered
in October by this means. The only dampener a colleague
mentioned is that there may be a hefty fee.
VCB Computing (R)
Employing network marketing concepts to promote OS/2
The network is the channel (apologise to Sun).