Friday, December 14, 2007

Office 2007 SP1 Surprise -- OS/2: Dead OS Walking

Office 2007 emang banyak bug nya.
Masih sering crash kata temen2..
Untung SP1 nya udah di keluarin.
Sharing yaa... Masih banyak errornya gak ?


Gue baru tau kl OS2 nya IBM itu udah discontinue alias udah di stop
sejak desember 2006
:)


SURPRISE! OFFICE 2007 SP1 ARRIVES EARLY
In a welcome change, Microsoft actually delivered earlier than
expected the first service pack (SP1) for the 2007 Office System.
http://redmondmag.com/news/article.asp?editorialsid=9331

SP1's improvements, which were in direct response to customer
complaints, concentrated on performance, stability and security
across desktop applications and servers. Some of the improvements
include support for deploying AJAX so developers can better create
customized Web parts for users; better management capabilities so IT
admins can better consolidate or repartition site collections across
SharePoint databases; performance improvements to Outlook 2007,
particularly in working with PST/OST files; and feature improvements
in performance and stability in working with Project 2007 and
Project Server 2007.

"We think SP1 provides the stability and performance improvements
that key in on customers' productivity concerns, and beefs up
security precautions in order to stay ahead of the latest threats
from malicious software and other risks," said Reed Shaffner,
Microsoft's Office product manager. "Crashes are one of the most
frustrating experiences customers have, and the team worked hard
with SP1 to make our products more stable."

More information about the improvements contained in SP1 can be
found here:
http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=AM102512381033


DEAD OS WALKING
While IBM officially discontinued support of its long-suffering OS/2
operating systems in December 2006 (I know that to many, it seems
like it's been years), there are still those zealots out there who
keep trying to open its crypt.

The latest attempt comes from OS2World.com, a seven-year-old site
founded by Kim Haverblad, that serves as a source for the latest
news about OS/2, along with a number of technical forums where IT
pros, third-party developers and other longtime loyalists can
exchange information and ideas about the product. Haverblad and
friends petitioned IBM last month again (the first time was in 2005)
to make the "much-loved OS/2 technology" freely available by taking
it open source.

http://www.os2world.com/petition

The group acknowledges that there are inherent problems with IBM
doing this because of the third-party code still stitched in the
product. But, to that end, the group says it's willing to "contribute
its own efforts" if it will convince IBM to release the code. The
petition goes on to say that making OS/2 open source would prove
beneficial to Big Blue's larger customers. Another more subjective
reason for making the decision is "that OS/2 is an important part
of the history of the operating system and, furthermore, it still
contains values that the computer science field considers unique."
Hmm, OK. Well, there's a lot of room for debate on that one.

There have been many attempts by different groups over the years to
bring OS/2 back to life: large corporations -- most notably banks --
that are heavily invested in the product, hardcore user groups, and
vocal and influential individuals. None of these grassroots lobbying
efforts got very far, though.

OS/2 was certainly an admirable undertaking in its day, racking up
more than a few technology firsts for a 32-bit desktop operating
system. But it was too chunky to run well on the vast majority of
desktop systems back then, and was poorly positioned as a product.
(It should've been positioned as a high-end workstation OS, and not
as a direct competitor to Windows. Remember the "Better Windows
than Windows" campaign?)

But looking at all the time and money spent on getting Windows Vista
to market -- and all the criticisms leveled at it from every quarter
in its first year of availability -- it makes you wonder what sort
of product OS/2 would be today if IBM and Microsoft had worked
cooperatively on it over the past 17 years. I have to believe that
the state-of-the-art in desktop operating systems would be much more
evolved today than what we see in Vista.

It's way too late for OS/2 to make any sort of real comeback now,
but by making the product available to the open source community,
there's no telling what ideas and projects could spring up, resulting
in inexpensive but practical solutions for at least some IT shops.
Given IBM's already substantial contributions to the open source
community, maybe it should give the folks at OS2World.com a call
and see what sort of arrangements can be worked out. And if anyone
out there can show me where I can either download a copy of the latest
version or how I can get my hands on a CD, let me know at
escannell@redmondmag.com. Even though I haven't written a story on
OS/2 since May 2000, I'm curious to see what sort of laps it can
still run.

3 comments:

warpcafe said...

Hi,

And if anyone
out there can show me where I can either download a copy of the latest
version or how I can get my hands on a CD, let me know at
escannell@redmondmag.com.


The "successor" to OS/2 is called eComStation by SerenitySystems (as you might already know). And getting a free demo of it is pretty much as easy as duck soup ;-) just see:
http://www.ecomstation.com/democd/

Note however that the demo cd is for version 1.2 (while the current latest version is 2.0 RC3...) so some of the included apps (firefox etc.) as well as drivers (ACPI, vga, etc.) might be a little outdated.
Cheers,
Thomas

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