Serenity Systems International Opens Beta Program for 2.0 Release of eComStation
Tuesday January 10, 6:00 am ET
IBM OS/2 - A Trusted Desktop Operating System - Gains New Life and Continued Support in New Product From Established OEM
LEWISVILLE, Texas, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Serenity Systems International
(SSI) today announced a beta testing program for the upcoming 2.0 release of
eComStation(tm), (http://www.ecomstation.com ), an OEM distribution of IBM's
OS/2 operating system. This is the fourth release of eComStation, which was
launched in 2000.
The new release of eComStation includes:
Hardware support is also upgraded to include
- A series of updates to the GUI, and disk management,
- Additional file system support, including bootable JFS support with
associated performance improvements,
- Integration with SAMBA, new TCP/IP features, and support for multiple
user profiles, and
- The most recent versions and updates from IBM.
- Support for installation on Athlon64,
- Serial ATA,
- Larger hard drives, up to 2 TiB,
- ACPI, and
- Updated sound, video, and LAN drivers.
SSI also recently signed an agreement with SciTech Software
(http://www.scitechsoft.com ) for additional video chipset support in 2006.
Though IBM no longer directly markets OS/2 (effective 12/23/2005), third
party solutions have played a significant role keeping OS/2 current. In
addition to enhancements provided by SSI and SciTech, the most current OS/2
support for Java comes from Golden Code of Alpharetta, Georgia
(http://www.goldencode.com ) and Germany's InnoTek (http://www.innotek.de )
which also delivers their WebPack for OS/2, providing OS/2 users with support
to run current technologies on their desktops.
OS/2 users, including eComStation users, demonstrate that there is a
demand for this mature, responsive, and reliable system. OS/2 has a
fifteen-year history without effective, malicious software attacks. As a
result, the operating system is one of the most secure choices available and
this favorite desktop continues to provide a superior experience.
"Serenity Systems' new release of eComStation in early 2006 will
demonstrate to people running OS/2 applications that support for their desktop
still exists and that the technology is still being enhanced," said Bob St.
John, Director of Business Development for SSI.
Referring to the updates to FireFox and ThunderBird
(http://www.mozilla.com/ ), St. John added, "This is new support for browsing,
news readers, and e-mail, and it is excellent. Best ever."
SSI has recently announced it will be delivering an OS/2 version of
OpenOffice.org Version 2 in early 2006. An excellent office suite in its own
right, OpenOffice.org will allow users to exchange files with MS Office users.
Previously, SSI has provided earlier versions of OpenOffice.org and IBM Lotus
Smart Suite for OS/2. In addition to a new browser, mail client, and office
suite, users can access a virtual machine application which supports OS/2 as a
host or guest OS, the Serenity Virtual Station (SVISTA), at
St. John continued, "All this development is not just important. It is
ongoing. And much more is taking place. Fact is, 2006 will be the best year,
yet, for using OS/2. People can put their concerns to rest. They will
continue to be able to install OS/2 on new PCs, and run important
A demo CD, which builds and runs an eComStation desktop from a CD without
touching the hard drive, is available from the eComStation web site,
www.ecomstation.com. This CD builds a live desktop with some applications,
like FireFox, completely in a RAM disk. Though such an approach has
limitations, it does provide experience with eComStation on the target
About Serenity Systems International
Serenity Systems International was founded in 1998 with a focus on server
managed workstations. Over the years the company has extended support for IBM
OS/2 users and worked with services channel partners to develop server managed
client solutions. Serenity Systems International is an ISV and software OEM
which publishes eComStation and believes the virtual machine technology will
be an indispensable component of the computing environment, allowing users
independence from vendor strategies. A key component of Serenity Systems
International is the focus on value. Value to be provided to our users and our
business partners. Nothing is more important or a higher priority. Because of
this, activities with Serenity Systems International are characterized by
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