Kicking off the install we get our old friend the IBM logo. At least they get to re-use stuff over and over and over…
And… the old welcome screen. Sometimes it’s hard to know what version you are installing. 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. Why oh why am I constantly having to do this? 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. The only big limitation was that you could not load any VXD’s into Windows 3.1. This made things like Win32s impossible to use. 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. It’s ability to run multiple DOS sessions was a big deal. And if anything OS/2’s ability to multitask DOS so well made OS/2 versions of stuff kind of moot. 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. Sadly they were a separate 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. There was a sound effect for everything but moving the mouse.. And it was annoying as hell. 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!