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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2006-10-08

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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RE[3]: On Floppies ?
by lopisaur on Tue 20th Apr 2010 19:11 in reply to "RE[2]: On Floppies ?"
lopisaur Member since:
2006-02-27

I remember Warp 3 having a CD for booting, an installation CD and the Bonus Pack CD. I think I bought it twice, once in German and once in English.
I also remember that I bought a shrink-wrapped OS/2 2.0 box in 1992. It weighed like 3kg, had lots and lots of little manuals and 21 HD installation floppies... 15 for the OS and 6 for printer drivers. I never got around to getting or trying Merlin (OS/2 4.0), though.
Even though I loved OS/2 and have some fond memories of it (REXX was one of the first programming languages I learned) and I really enjoy collecting old software, I don't think IBM would even dream about resurrecting OS/2. The WPS (or worse, Presentation Manager) would look as out of place today as CDE does. There is no hardware support and no modern software to run (except for the few corporations and ATMs that still use OS/2).
But if there would be a simple way to run OS/2 on VMware, I'd love to go back in time.

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RE[3]: On Floppies ?
by phoenix on Tue 20th Apr 2010 19:41 in reply to "RE[2]: On Floppies ?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

"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.
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Cool. Didn't know it was also released on CD. I have the same thing ... but all floppies (even the Bonus Pack is floppies).

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RE[4]: On Floppies ?
by danieldk on Tue 20th Apr 2010 19:59 in reply to "RE[3]: On Floppies ?"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

I had the floppies and later the CD, far more convenient. Especially once one of the floppies decided to bail out ;) . In the days I wished for Warp Connect which had decent network capabilities.

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RE[4]: On Floppies ?
by jtfolden on Tue 20th Apr 2010 22:34 in reply to "RE[3]: On Floppies ?"
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2005-08-12

As I recall, OS/2 2.1 was, also, available for install from CD but ONLY if you had a SCSI CD-ROM drive - which I did.

We sold OS/2 in my store during the mid 90's and I always thought it held a lot of promise. IBM just couldn't market it properly to the "average" consumer of the day. They only had one decent marketing campaign during its entire run that I can remember (The one with the Nuns).

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RE[3]: On Floppies ?
by madcrow on Wed 21st Apr 2010 12:43 in reply to "RE[2]: On Floppies ?"
madcrow Member since:
2006-03-13

All versions of OS/2 from 2.0 on were available on CD. 4.0 was simply the first version that wasn't available on floppy at all (though the CD still included floppy images so you could make your own if you were really masochistic)

With that said, if they were to actually port WPS to *nix, that would be cool, especially if its released under a FOSS license. That wouldn't be unprecedented BTW, they actually ported WPS to Windows 3.1 back in the 90s and released it under a FOSS license a few years back: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=18004... AFAIK, nobody's ever done anything with the source code, but it is there in case anybody wanted to port it to a more modern system like WinNT/Reactos or *nix.

Edited 2010-04-21 12:51 UTC

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