Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Mar 2007 22:14 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation While browsing some OS/2 news websites, I stumbled upon the usage tutorial included in OS/2 2.1 at GUIdebook (an invaluable website for (G)UI fanatics such as myself). To set the mood: "This tutorial describes how you work with the objects (small pictures) on your screen. Some objects are folders, which contain other objects. Your screen is called your desktop (pictured on the right), which is a folder itself." Have fun, boys and girls, in 1993-style.
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Still a nice OS
by Dave_K on Mon 12th Mar 2007 12:24 UTC
Dave_K
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2005-11-16

I've still got the floppy disk version of OS/2 2 packed away somewhere. I got it for free from someone who bought it at a computer show thinking it was a new version of Windows, then didn't even bother to install it on their PC.

At the time it was probably the best all round OS on the PC. Unlike contemporary versions of Windows it had a highly usable UI and decent stability/multitasking. It didn't even require particularly high end hardware to run well.

I used it for a couple of years, and upgraded to Warp when it was available, but to be honest it quickly went out of use after I installed Windows NT4. Not because it was a huge upgrade from OS/2, but because there were too many Windows applications I needed to run.

Looking back at the operating systems that were around over 10 years ago, it's a bit depressing how little real progress has been made. When you consider how much hardware has developed in the same period of time, with even bottom of the range modern CPUs many times faster than the top of the line back then, it's clear that software has progressed much more slowly.

The extra eye candy and new features offered by Vista and Mac OS X are nice I suppose, but I could still quite happily get my work done on OS/2 (or other early 90s OSes like NeXTSTEP and RISC OS) if they ran the software I need. In a lot of ways they were more consistent, reliable and elegant than many modern operating systems. Going back to early 90s hardware, like a 486 with 16Mb RAM, would be a different story.

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