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By: Don Eitner (email@example.com)
The 13th Floor - http://www.tstonramp.com/~freiheit/
According to this company insider, the project code-named "Phoenix"
is slated to be the first commercial operating system available for the 64-bit Merced
platform when it debuts in the latter part of Y2K. The secrecy about the project
and the public stance of easing OS/2 into oblivion was carefully crafted to coincide
with the findings in the Microsoft anti-trust trial with the US Department of Justice
and 19 states by helping to ensure that industry focus was kept away from "Phoenix"
until it is ready to be unleashed.
Some features of this new 64-bit operating system include full support for existing
32-bit OS/2 software in a "virtual machine" similar to the way previous
OS/2 releases handled DOS and Windows 3.1 software, the familiar WorkPlace Shell
graphical user interface, and complete support for 32-bit Windows applications thanks
to IBM's long, intimate involvement with Windows 95/98 and NT API's (application
programming interfaces) and a special application loader which accommodates the
differences in binary formats between OS/2 and Win32. The new OS will also
support new 64-bit OS/2 applications being quietly developed by industry leaders
in productivity and internet software with development assistance from IBM who wishes
this new OS to come onto the scene ready to roll with a variety of popular software
titles, which is where former OS/2 releases often fell short.
Phoenix will continue to support the HPFS file system for backward compatibility
but includes an enhanced version of the Journalled File System (JFS) introduced
in 1999 with OS/2 Warp Server for eBusiness which now supports booting the system
from JFS volumes and a number of performance enhancements for the server market
where both Merced and Phoenix will debut. But realizing that a server is no
good without a client, IBM will develop in parallel a client release of Phoenix
with the server-specific bells and whistles removed and the official release of
Netscape Communicator 5.0 provided as a WorkPlace Shell enhancement for true cutting
edge web integration with the desktop.
Pricing for the new client and server have not been disclosed nor have specific
names of third party applications being developed for them. The anonymous
source at IBM requests that all loyal OS/2 users unite and send IBM a very direct
and meaningful message that we want this to be the real future of OS/2 and not just
something I wrote up in the middle of the night for laughs.
Oh yes, and all trademarks mentioned in this farce belong to their respective