Another OS/2 extravaganza on the Register!

Check out their piece, OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won.

Party like it’s 1987!  Of course if anyone just lands on this page by accident, you can check out my old writings as I took OS/2 1.0 and upgraded through all the versions.

5 thoughts on “Another OS/2 extravaganza on the Register!

  1. I remember playing DOS games on OS/2 Warp. It ran DOS games better than DOS because I didn’t have to worry about how much low memory the mouse driver, etc used. No more separate boot disks for different games or complex 4DOS scripts.

    • OS/2 2.0 & beyond were.. well too good at running MS-DOS applications.. Its too bad IBM wouldn’t let MS bring Windows to OS/2 although at the same time if they did, the SDK costs would have been astronomical no doubt.

  2. Thanks for reminding me about OS/2. I’ve just enjoyed wasting the last couple of hours reading all those articles on El Reg. I remember spending all my hard-earned cash buying 2.0 and trying to get it running on a 386SX then watching it swallow up most of my hard drive. After getting my fingers burned I stepped back to DOS and DesQview before getting a copy of Warp much cheaper as a second user and finding it was quite useable on a 386DX with a massive 8MB of memory.

    My version 2.0 has Win 3.0 built-in but Warp is without.

    I still have both sets of installation disks in the attic somewhere. Is it worth trying to load ’em up onto a VM? because I’m feeling all nostalgic right now…

    • OS/2 is almost always worth a look, although it really is useless by itself.. the best thing I ever scored was the TCP/IP kit on ebay years ago.. Being able to connect to the world makes all the difference…

      Anyways check out here, for some vague idea of how to install OS/2. Keep your virtual disk under 2000MB because of old IDE limitations.. Formatting HPFS will take FOREVER as it’ll scan the media.

      NetBUI lan can be somewhat useful, I use an old NT server that can serve out on NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IP. It makes it somewhat easier to have them all in one.

      And of course my gratuitous tour of OS/2 versions is here.

      Lastly check out the OS/2 museum, for all kinds of OS/2 info!

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