Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Nov 2013 17:32 UTC, submitted by toralux
OS/2 and eComStation

It was now 1984, and IBM had a different problem: DOS was pretty much still a quick and dirty hack. The only real new thing that had been added to it was directory support so that files could be organized a bit better on the IBM PC/AT’s new hard disk. And thanks to the deal that IBM signed in 1980, the cloners could get the exact same copy of DOS and run exactly the same software. IBM needed to design a brand new operating system to differentiate the company from the clones. Committees were formed and meetings were held, and the new operating system was graced with a name: OS/2.

Fantastic article at Ars Technica about the rise and demise of IBM's OS/2. OS/2 is one of those big 'what-ifs' of the technology world, along the lines of 'what if Apple had purchased Be instead of NEXT' or 'what if Nokia had opted for Android' (sorry). Our technology world could've been a lot different had OS/2 won over Windows 3.x/95.

I reviewed OS/2 as it exists today (eComStation) six years ago.

Permalink for comment 577418
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by nagerst on Mon 25th Nov 2013 18:42 UTC
Member since:

From this article what i get is that if IBM had bought out the Amiga instead of the licensing deals with them (with all the rexx and rt video stuff) They would have had the UI (and in my mind the best in the world at the time by far) and they would also have had the application base if still source compatible with other worskspace applications. If you add the later improvements to the DOS contemtability box (where it finally became a better DOS than DOS) it would be a very potent windows killer.

Many "ifs" there but i think that would have atleast postponed the Microsoft dominance. Windows 1,2 and 3.* could not hold a candle to AmigaOS in any task.

Reply Score: 3