Skip to comments.OS/2 turns 25 years old ( anyone remeber this Operating System?)
Posted on 04/03/2012 9:41:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
TODAY MARKS the 25th birthday of OS/2, which IBM announced on 2 April, 1987.
Initially intended as a protected mode successor to PC-DOS, OS/2 became the first serious PC operating system rival to Microsoft Windows. For a while, IBM and Microsoft collaborated on it, until Microsoft withdrew its support for various reasons and focused its efforts on Windows NT instead. OS/2 has never fully recovered from Microsoft's abandonment of it, nor has Windows.
However, throughout most of the 1990s, OS/2 was a much more stable, secure and reliable PC operating system than Windows. It was capable of running Windows applications and did so better than Windows. The OS/2 Desktop Shell was a masterpiece of object oriented design and programming that has never been matched by Windows or even the heavyweight Linux desktops Gnome and KDE.
Unfortunately, IBM never really understood the great potential that OS/2 had or gave it the management commitment, software development resources and marketing support to make it the formidable PC desktop competitor to Windows, Mac OS X and Linux that it could have become.
IBM dropped support for OS/2 at the end of 2006, but Serenity Systems International still sells OS/2 under the name Ecomstation. It has had a very interesting and eventful first 25 years. µ
Yep. My bad.
But you can run BeBochs for Windows and install OS2 in a virtual setup.
Never tried it though so don’t know how well it would work.
I used every version and loved them. It did very well despite IBM’s best attempts to make it unsuccessful.
Gates actually did early development work on good products. The operating system for the famed TRS-80 Model 100 (a laptop still used to this day) was the last software he personally contributed to.
Talk about predatory market practices. Go ahead and sue; By the time your case is heard we'll have 95% of the desktop market. My opinion, IBM was not nimble enough to deal with a marketplace which was revolutionized every 6 months. Full disclosure, I've worked for IBM for 34+ years.
When Gerstner took over IBM he asked the key question: IBM had decided the desktop O/S was non-strategic, so why was it spending hundreds of millions each year fighting for it. A company losing billions/year couldn't afford to subsidize such an effort. That was the end of the battle. Too bad Gerstner couldn't now apply that reasoning to the Federal Government's expenditures.
My younger daughter still has fond memories of sitting on my lap playing Reversi, one of the games that came with OS/2. I drove the cursor and she worked the mouse buttons.
Trivia fact: Shortly after Al Gore invented the internet , OS/2 Warp offered a free browser called Internet Explorer. Netscape cost real $ in comparison.
I use it everyday it’s now called ecs
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