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#1 2021-10-01 16:43:44

Colonel Panic
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OS/2’s Last Stand: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Turns 25

As we know, IBM lost out to Microsoft in what have been called the corporate OS wars. Nevertheless, OS/2 Warp 4, which turned 25 last month, seems to have been a well regarded operating system.

So would the computing world be in better shape now if OS/2 had won instead and Windows (and presumably Microsoft too) were just a memory?

https://www.howtogeek.com/755650/os2s-l … -turns-25/

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#2 2021-10-01 16:59:17

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Re: OS/2’s Last Stand: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Turns 25

If IBM had won the OS wars, we would have IBM taking the place of M$ as IBM's own history is checkered, considering the tight grip it had on the mainframe market.

OS/2 is pretty solid and I am sure it would have done well even as a server OS and M$ might have been relegated to being an application developer.


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#3 2021-10-01 17:01:55

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Re: OS/2’s Last Stand: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Turns 25

^^Fondly remember those days.

Here's another blast from the past:

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When dual CPUs for home machines were uncommon. The load LEDs in the case...

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#4 2021-10-01 17:28:23

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Re: OS/2’s Last Stand: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Turns 25

A decade earlier, it was all mainframes with the OS being DEC's TOPS-20.  A friend got a TRS (Tandy Radio Shack) computer running TRS-DOS.  Most of us poo-poohed the microcomputer world. Mainframes were so much more capable and with the start of BITNET about 1980 (NetNorth in Canada) we were sending data between labs without mailing actual mag tapes to each other.

Now I'm connecting to three different servers (2 windows and 1 apple) using cast off microcomputers (mostly HPs) with nothing on their harddrives except the OS (all Bunsen, except one which is Linux Mint).  It's almost like being back 40 years ago, except it's all these pretty screens and mice versus command line and Emacs.


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#5 2021-10-01 18:03:16

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Re: OS/2’s Last Stand: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Turns 25

trilobite wrote:

A decade earlier, it was all mainframes with the OS being DEC's TOPS-20.  A friend got a TRS (Tandy Radio Shack) computer running TRS-DOS.  Most of us poo-poohed the microcomputer world. Mainframes were so much more capable and with the start of BITNET about 1980 (NetNorth in Canada) we were sending data between labs without mailing actual mag tapes to each other.

Now I'm connecting to three different servers (2 windows and 1 apple) using cast off microcomputers (mostly HPs) with nothing on their harddrives except the OS (all Bunsen, except one which is Linux Mint).  It's almost like being back 40 years ago, except it's all these pretty screens and mice versus command line and Emacs.

Yeah those were the days, and I remember DEC systems from my college days as well as from my first IT gig. Good times!


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#6 2021-10-02 08:37:37

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Re: OS/2’s Last Stand: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Turns 25

Would definitely have been interesting.

Microsoft had NT which could run POSIX, NT, DOS and OS/2 applications seamlessly.

IBM had OS/2 with Win 3.x compatbility and DOS compatibility, but was lacking NT compat.

Ultimately it's IBM's fault of letting Microsoft walk all over them, contractually speaking, which was a change of pace at the time as big blue usually was the intellectual property bully in the room.

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#7 2021-10-02 13:23:09

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Re: OS/2’s Last Stand: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Turns 25

Thanks for the replies so far. One thing I think contributed to the failure of OS/2 as a mainstream operating system was how difficult and expensive it was to develop software for, as this post on Quora illustrates;

https://www.quora.com/Why-did-IBMs-OS-2 … e=c7010b91

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#8 2021-10-02 14:40:31

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Re: OS/2’s Last Stand: IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Turns 25

Colonel Panic wrote:

Thanks for the replies so far. One thing I think contributed to the failure of OS/2 as a mainstream operating system was how difficult and expensive it was to develop software for, as this post on Quora illustrates;

https://www.quora.com/Why-did-IBMs-OS-2 … e=c7010b91

IBM's cockiness in the PC space is what cost IBM dearly as what worked well for them in the mainframe world does not truly work in the PC world.


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