from dmccunney:

> dmccunney composed on 2017-04-23 17:52 (UTC-0400):
> > Versions are frequently skipped when software is released.  Remember
> > Dale said this was *unreleased* software.  (I don't recall offhand
> > whether there was an actual Quattro 5.5 release.)

> QPro 5.5 was released by Novell. I still have its manuals, and still keep 5.6
> running 24/7 (in OS/2 in its eComStation incarnation).

> "The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
> words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)
>  Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!

> Felix Miata  ***

I ran Quattro Pro through 5 in OS/2 Warp 3 and 4 until that final OS/2 crash in 
the single-digit days of April 2001.

OS/2 froze, did not dismount cleanly.  On reboot, CHKDSK, run automatically, 
ran amok and trashed my hard-disk data.

I was never again able to boot OS/2 again even from installation or other 
floppies: trap 000c or 000e.

OS/2 must have panicked at the state of the hard drive(s), while Linux starter 
floppy booted, and Linux fdisk was runnable.

I used DR-DOS 7.03 for some years.

I can still run Quattro Pro 5 for DOS in FreeDOS, or FreeBSD, NetBSD or Linux 
with DOSBox.

Now I see how eComStation has greatly fallen behind, and FreeBSD and NetBSD now 
seem to have much better hardware support than eComStation.

I can even rsync a FreeBSD or NetBSD installation to USB stick and make it 
bootable.  I don't think you can do that with eComStation.


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