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What can we do? Well we could do what IBM and microsoft want, and that is give
up and move on. Or we can get mad and call IBM and their minions lot's of bad names
and re-enforce the now well aged stereotype of fanatic OS/2 users. Or maybe we could
just politely re-phrase and ask the question again and again until maybe we get
an appropriate response. Anyway that is what Dan elected to do. If you want to know
why IBM no-longer releases a beta of development tools for the OS/2 platform, then
consider writing to Lou, or maybe just write directly to Ms. More - Lynne_More@us.ibm.com.
You may want to tell her to skip the form letter as we OS/2 users don't care what
IBM's vision of the month is, but that we would like to know why they have stopped
putting OS/2 tools at least on parity with the windows versions?
Here is Dan's second letter to IBM in response to Ms. More's form letter:
So why can't you add the OS/2 version of Visual Age for Java on the Visual Age for Java CD?
From: email@example.com [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 18, 1999 8:13 AM
Subject: Reply 126484 OS/2
Dear Mr. Eicher,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in IBM's
OS/2 family of products and to assure you of IBM's continuing commitment to OS/2.
Our top priority is our customers - protecting their IBM investments and leveraging
those investments to build a network computing environment for the future. Network
computing offers long term benefits including the potential of reducing the total
cost of computing. Our second priority is IBM's network computing strategy: e-business
and 100% pure Java. OS/2 allows our customers to transition to network computing
while continuing to support legacy applications. Let me summarize our current plans
and strategy for OS/2.
Our strategy for client support is focused on OS/2 Warp v4 and WorkSpace On-Demand
and the migration of applications to 100% pure Java. WorkSpace On-Demand v2 became
available last October and offers support for a broader range of hardware devices,
DHCP Boot, TCP/IP 4.1 enhancements, additional machine classes, a machine class
creation tool, Network Station support and an application installation tool. A new
Windows client feature, called WorkSpace On-Demand 2.0 Feature for Windows Clients
was just announced.
A new release of OS/2 Warp Server, called OS/2 Warp Server for e-business, is
now available. We expect that it will provide you with new levels of performance
and scalability compared with prior releases of OS/2 Warp Server.
We are enabling the latest versions of Java on OS/2 with OS/2's Java Virtual
Machine (JVM). Java 1.1.7 is currently available and 1.1.8 is planned for release
We are continuing to provide updates to both the OS/2 Warp client and server
products via our Internet delivery site called Software Choice at:
Our continued hardware support is based on customer requirements that depend
on OS/2 for mission critical applications. We continue to work with key hardware
manufacturers to provide technical support for their development efforts and to
negotiate support for device drivers that our customers request. We also continue
to develop device drivers as part of our OS/2 development work. To provide support
to customers that request specialized device support, we accept requests for price
quotations to develop those device drivers. We will make every attempt to accommodate
such requests, but we must note that such support may not be possible under all
Thank you for your support of IBM and OS/2 and your interest in future software
strategies and plans.
Network Computing Software