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Topic: OS/2 Maple unstable for anyone else?
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Re: OS/2 Maple unstable for anyone else?
Posted: Nov 7, 1996 1:04 AM
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Gary A. Churchh ( wrote:
: Yuri Muzychka ( wrote:

: : Besides this issue, the OS/2 version is quite a welcome edition. I was think
: : ng about MMA but that bastardization is just not worth the money.

: Since you're at UWaterloo, maybe you can stop by the developers office
: and complain in person :-)

: Wolfram is coming out with their major update for MMA for the OS/2
: platform soon (it's already available for most other platforms.) When I
: called to ask about the OS/2 upgrade, I was told it was supposed to be
: released sometime this November. I then pressed them on whether a native
: front end would be included. The answer was that one was "in the works"
: but in the mean time the flaky Win-OS/2 shell would be used. Yuck! I made
: it clear that I would NOT consider upgrading, until their OS/2 product
: matched their other products in quality (actually I'd expect more quality
: from the OS/2 version.)

Same here. I have MMA 2.2 or so for OS/2 and the FE plain sucks, WRI
chooses to ignore my emails regarding these things mostly. Unless they
cook up a really well-integrated WPS aware native OS/2 FE for MMA 3.0+
I may choose to ignore them in further purchase decisions. Our Univ.
anyway has a Maple site licence, I just installed Maple for OS/2 and now
compare the two. I used to recommend MMA but now wher it all seems to
be either Mac, Windoze or rather expensive UNIX I can't anymore. Who knows
what they drop next. How about a native Mac kernel and a Windoze FE running
in Softwindows :-) Same could be done for UNIX. They wouldn't surprise me at
all with that.

Regarding a native MMA FE bein in the works -- I believe it when I have it.
A close friend of mine is beta tester for MMA 3 and he asked them repeatedly
about it, too. They told him -- Kernel would be ported, FE will remain
Windoze. So, who knows what really will happen, but one can say that Wolframs
commitment to their OS/2 customers is even worse then their frontend.
They don't seem to see that putting out a crappy port causes the thing not
to sell, and hence seems to justify not porting it. Like a car manufacturer
putting out cars which have only three wheels concluding that cars don't seem
to sell well. Go figure.

Regards! Stefan

: I also mentioned that I was considering Maple (although I already have
: the OS/2 version of Maple V r.4) as an alternative since they have a
: competitive product which has been really well integrated into the OS/2
: desktop (I streatched the truth here a bit.)

: At least OS/2 users aren't being completely ignored anymore; we're just
: told to go sit in the back of the bus.

: Gary.
: --

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