Linked by David Adams on Mon 30th Jan 2012 18:07 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation Les Bell has released (Jan 2012) his course material "Introduction to OS/2 Warp Programming" under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. The course had been released with its original files, OOXML, ODF, PDF version and lab exercises.
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The technically superior OS
by phobox on Wed 1st Feb 2012 20:03 UTC
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2011-12-07

OS/2 will always remain one my favourite OS's of all time. It was vastly superior to the DOS/Windows combo most people used at the time, especially from a technical standpoint but also from a usability point of view as well.
In its prime, it could handle almost anything thrown at it, and its very true that it ran Windows and DOS apps better than Windows itself ever did. In the early 2000's a business I worked for were still using OS/2 as print servers alongside the NT file servers.

Unfortunately it was plagued right from the start, not just from a lack of decent marketing on IBM's part but also from technical issues which really should never have been there. Even in many of IBM's own tech demos, the system hard locked and had to be manually restarted to continue the demo. It was even more of a nightmare for end users. OS/2 was just too fussy about hardware and IBM's drivers never provided the rock solid foundation they should have done. I'll always remember being shipped an OS/2 Warp 3 CD which refused to install on my test machine because it required updated CD drivers (to support the IDE CD drive I was using, which it should be noted worked perfectly under even the oldest supported DOS/Windows versions) so I had to manually create boot disks using updated drivers supplied in fixpaks.

Anyway despite its flaws, OS/2 is and always will be up there with the best, I just wish IBM would do it justice and release it open source and let it shine once again.

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RE: The technically superior OS
by zima on Sat 4th Feb 2012 17:15 in reply to "The technically superior OS"
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2005-07-06

W8, so you say how OS/2 "was vastly superior to the DOS/Windows combo most people used at the time, especially from a technical standpoint but also from a usability point of view as well"...

...and then you spend most of your post mentioning its "technical issues which really should never have been there" clearly impacting also overall usability (and of a kind & severity rivaling most troublesome DOS/Windows adventures), showing how it didn't quite measure up after all?

In light of that - I'd say yours "despite its flaws, OS/2 is and always will be up there with the best" would apply just as much, if not more, to DOS/Windows...

Edited 2012-02-04 17:25 UTC

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