I have never seen an OS/2 based ATM at a command
prompt. It must have
been a windoze based ATM.
No, it was OS/2. Windoze was not used for ATM's at the time. It is
possible to get into a shell. Have had to use a mere numeric keypad to
get a shell prompt when the keyboard, trackball and touchscreen all
quit working. <=Warp3+. btdt. I know that windoze, since NT3.51 and
95, has been put on ATM's. Wasn't at all hard to BSOD them; sometimes
just looking cross at them does it. Usually it took a tiny bit more,
Then the programmers didn't know what they were doing. OS/2 has long had
the ability to set either a command prompt or a Presentation Manager
program executable as its shell, which would prevent anyone from getting at
the system desktop. If they set a PM program as the shell, crashing the
program would just reboot OS/2 back into the program.
Large IBM customers have contracted for their own
OS/2 source code line
support. IBM refers smaller customers who just need to purchase new
licenses or get support for new hardware to Serenity Systems for their
OEM version of OS/2.
It's nice that it's not following other better OS's into oblivion,
then. I'm sure there was much rejoicing. Define "large customers"?
Mega OS/2 sales/licenses or mega multinationals or what?
Large to IBM is gigantic to me and most likely you. I know Medtronics had
and probably still has its own source code line, but they use OS/2 for
highly specialized embedded devices. Keep in mind contracting with IBM for
source code support probably does not get the company the actual source
code, just their own version of OS/2 that IBM will consider making
fixes/updates to if they agree to. I have heard there are things IBM will
not fix no matter what.
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