Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Apr 2010 16:55 UTC, submitted by sjvn
OS/2 and eComStation Now this is one for the rumour pile. Yes, a rumour about a long-gone (mostly) operating system that lots of people have fond memories of. Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at SearchDataCenter.com, claims that IBM is mulling over a reintroduction of OS/2. Wait, what?
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RE[2]: On Floppies ?
by Doc Pain on Tue 20th Apr 2010 18:55 UTC in reply to "RE: On Floppies ?"
Doc Pain
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OS/2 Warp 3.0 came on floppies. It wasn't until Warp 4.0 that it came with an install CD.


Well... then I've got something strange... I have it right here in my hand - OS/2 Warp Version 3 - installation CD and BonusPak CD. With box and manuals. "World's most popular 32 bit operating system" is written on it. But OS and handbook are in German. The box also contains three IBM didks: Installation disk for CD-ROM, disk #1 for CD-ROM, and BTX disk.

OS/2 had a built-in functionality to create installation disks (floppy disks) from the CD, and you could even do this under DOS (or OS/2, if you wanted to). This way you could create installation media to boot a system that didn't provide booting from the CD drive. It resulted in 14 disks for OS installation (1 for initialization, 13 for installation), 3 for printers and 4 for graphics drivers.

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