Kicking off the install we get our old friend the IBM logo. Â At least they get to re-use stuff over and over and over…
And… the old welcome screen. Â Sometimes it’s hard to know what version you are installing. Â Well other then the mountain of diskettes! It’s 23 disks by now!
And once more again I have to select the IBM Proprinter II and assign it to LPT1. Â Why oh why am I constantly having to do this? Â There is no real logic as to why some versions migrate this, and others do not.
Worst case I’ll have two icon sets now for Word & Excel.
And it could now run in 386 Enhanced Mode, while OS/2 2.0’s Windows 3.0 was limited to ‘real’ and ‘standard’ (286 protected mode) modes of operation. Â The only big limitation was that you could not load any VXD’s into Windows 3.1. Â This made things like Win32s impossible to use. Â But again with it’s ability to isolate programs it made OS/2 a far superior platform for Windows applications.
The other big use for OS/2 was BBSing. Â It’s ability to run multiple DOS sessions was a big deal. Â And if anything OS/2’s ability to multitask DOS so well made OS/2 versions of stuff kind of moot. Â Even Synchronet didn’t sell that many OS/2 versions fo the BBS (I know it was largely because the tremendous rise of the Internet really changed that).
The other ‘big’ thing for OS/2 2.1 was the addition of the multimedia extensions. Â Sadly they were aÂ separateÂ install from the OS (WHY?!) and it seems with the shuffle of time I’ve misplaced my disks… I remember that it included some bird video, and Intel video codec, and sounds. Â There was a sound effect for everything but moving the mouse.. And it was annoying as hell. Â But it’s March of 1993, Windows NT 3.1 is about to launch, and Multimedia was on everyone’s mind.
Also as OS/2 started to garner attention things like Sim City started to appear.
Thanks to BlueNexus
One thing was for sure, to stand out the next version of OS/2 needed to look.. different. Onward to Warp!