What is OS/2?
"We believe that OS/2 is the platform
for the 90s."
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.
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
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 OS/2 Warp 3 is a
simple. Just insert each one of the floppies and follow
the instructions on the screen fairly
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
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.
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
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.
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.