Hi, I was wondering whether I am the only one who is upset by Wolfram Research's aparent inability (or ignorance) to produce a native OS/2 FrontEnd for Mathematica.
As is, MMA/2 is quite stable and nice but the Frontend looks like written by a summer student.
* The picture viewer handles fonts -- most interesting, to say it nicely, it can't be hidden nor minimized and clutters the whole desktop.
* The notebook interface is still only available through the Windoze version, i.e. one has to have either the OS/2 Win-OS2 subsystem installed (which comes with some versions of OS/2) or real MS Windows, and then one has to start the kernel as OS/2 process, Windows, the Windows Frontend, and have the two communicate through tcp/ip with each other. While it is nice that this is possible it is absolutely rediculous to require Windows and tcp/ip support to be installed to use all the features of MMA/2 -- on a notebook with limited HD and memory, e.g., this can be next to impratical.
Apart from that the two interfaces (OS/2 and Windoze) are sufficiently different to cause irritation, and last but not least, OS/2 is even more stable w/o DOS and Windoze support installed (it then can be set to run in protected mode only).
I sent email to them about it ages ago, no reply.
Their web site claimed that with the OS/2 version one could access up to 1 GB of memory which seems odd since the current OS/2 implementation doesn't allow more than 512 MB per process (for the sake of OS/2 1.x backwards compatibility). It seems the OS/2 version was a quick-shot market evaluation version, which, since it was produced as poorly as it was, may not turn out to sell as wildly as hoped and "prove" the point that there is no demand:
Well, we put out crap for OS/2, nobody (or: too few) bought it, so there is no demand for crap/2, so we won't improve it.
I upgraded our Windows version a while ago to the OS/2 version which is nice for batch runs, but I'd really like to have a native Frontend for it.
So -- is there any hope for a native version or does Wolfram Research suggest that their customers who happen to use OS/2 check out the offering of the competition, namely: Maple?
Kind regards from a rather upset physicist, Stefan A. Deutscher
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