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What is OS/2?

"We believe that OS/2 is the platform for the 90s."
— Bill Gates

OS/2 stands for Operating System/2. IBM and Microsoft developed MS OS/2, the first version of this multi-tasking 16-bit system that was intended to replace and Windows 3.x. Microsoft took part of the code to develop Windows NT 3.x. IBM continued with the development of OS/2 till 1997/2000 releasing versions 2 to 4, which are 32-bit systems. Versions 3 and 4 were released under the name OS/2 Warp.

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My experiences with this system are limited to OS/2 Warp 3. OS/2 has the same feeling as Windows 3.11 or Linux 1.3 with a chunky taskbar floating on the screen. OS/2 Warp 3 came in two flavors — blue and red spines. The red spine version fully supported installing Windows 3.11 under it and the blue spine offering no support.

By 2000, the development of this project was picked up by Serenity Systems International under the name eComStation, which kept its GUI similar to the X Windows System.

On December 2005, IBM discontinued the OS/2 project. Many people think that the lack of interest to this OS is the result of weak North American promotion. OS/2 is more popular in Europe than in the US. Many of the sites that I have visited are in Russia and/or Germany.

On November 2015, Arca Noae announced project Blue Lion as a distribution based on OS/2 Warp 4 under license from IBM — not based on eComStation. In April 2017, Blue Lion was released as ArcaOS 5.0 (OS/2 5).

There is no clear explanation what is going to happen to license and production of eComStation with the licensing and release of ArcaOS 5.0. Perhaps OS/2 will become the next Linux, where multiple companies and/or organizations can release custom distribution as long as IBM signs of the proper license.

Installing (IBM's) Operating System/2:

Installing OS/2 Warp 3 is a simple. Just insert each one of the floppies and follow the instructions on the screen — fairly fool-proof.

For my project, I installed OS/2 Warp 3 (red spine, 1994) on an IBM PS/2 Model 90 PC (1993) that I had. I could have used my 1997 IBM Aptiva E26 or another PC, but IBM PS/2 Model 90 was sold with OS/2 or Windows 3.11. My decision was purely sentimental.

I never had a chance to play around with Warp 3 was year 2000 complaint and this meant installing numerous patches. In the other hand, OS/2 Warp 4 (available on CD-ROM, no need for floppies) was Y2K-complaint and supports speech recognition. This version was marketed emphasizing on this issue and often used in telephony, especially voicemail servers.

Of course, in the case of eComStation (eCS) just follow the instructions of the installation disk and booting with it. Unfortunately I have not been able to get my hands on it either.

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On a side note, I never stop thinking and processing information all around me. As such, one of the subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior, not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays of my own. From all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of interest) Nietzsche, Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of the masses, media, science and various technologies.

Under the Thelian Sky, ISBN
             9781494232283, ASIN B00GTQBY04

In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the government controlled by "them" wants to keep everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life in Mars, the Thelian society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet difficult if you were different. For every good person, like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger 9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop "their" manipulation of history and mankind.

You can get Under the Thelian Sky exclusively at Amazon — available on print (ISBN 9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).

In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer better than anyone else without realizing it.


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