Re: I still use ecomstation ...
As I recall edlin was left in *because* it did not require the GUI to be functional, that being useful when the system has screwed up very badly.
Edit needed Basic which was being removed as a standard part of the platform.
BASIC was not supposed to be in OS/2 at all.
One thing that I didn't have room for in the article was the saga of Mortgage.bas
This was a demo app that came with the original IBM PC and the source code was truly horrible inside having the only real purpose of showing people that a PC could do "real" business calculations involving interest, paying off loans etc.
BASIC was not to be part of OS/2, so Mortgage.bas was canned (it was always pronounced in full, including the extension, no one ever calls Excel, Excel.exe, go figure)
Some banks threw a fit, they regarded it as a critical application apparently which came as a real shock to all of us, so the bloody thing had to be made functional in OS/2, no PM based GUI, no rewrite in C or or REXX, just get the fucker working came the edict which required various hokey kludges)