Originally Posted by bdkennedy1
We switched to VMWare Fusion where Windows is all contained in one window and I haven't had to help anyone with anything since.
Seriously? You paid for Parallels, then threw it away and paid for Fusion because you didn't notice the "View -> Single Window" menu item in Parallels? Fusion has Unity
mode which also blends Windows applications seamlessly the same way that the Coherence
mode of Parallels does. You could've saved some money there...
Originally Posted by John.B
Ironically, the death knell of OS/2 was when it could "seamlessly" run Windows programs, as there was no reason to write any more OS/2 applications from that day forward. Something to think about.
Actually I disagree. I remember IBM's (most accurate) slogan stating that OS/2 ran Windows better than Windows. Windows applications ran in their own virtual space inside OS/2 such that whenever that application (inevitably) crashed, only the virtual machine would freeze up (remember, this was during the Windows 3.1 days when an unstable application would take down your entire machine) and could be halted without affecting the rest of the system.
OS/2 died because Microsoft broke off its partnership with IBM (OS/2 was a originally a joint venture) and subsequently began its (illegal) practice of charging all vendors for a copy of Windows on every machine sold regardless of whether it was used or not. That is, if I wanted to buy a machine with an OS/2 license, I had to pay for the machine, pay for my OS/2 license, and
pay for a Windows license, even though I didn't use it. That artificially (and drastically) inflated the cost of the machine and ensured that very few OS/2 licenses were sold.
The DOJ investigated and simply slapped Microsoft on the wrist and asked them to please stop. When the DOJ found that Microsoft had continued this policy, they slapped Microsoft on the wrist a second time and pretty much just say, "no really, please stop - pretty please?"
By this time OS/2 had died, as had Geoworks and any other competition Microsoft had for PC-based operating systems.