There is this interesting article about running different versions of OS/2 on VirtualBox. It offers tips for each different version, disk image conversion information and prebuilt images.
When I started looking into getting it working on a virtual machine, I had a hard time finding some crucial information and files, there were steps in the install process that were not explained in the few guides I could find, it wasn’t clear to me which versions could be installed, and some of the install files were in formats I couldn’t read.
Now that I’ve figured out all those problems I’ve created a guide with specific instructions on how to get all major versions working on VirtualBox, complete with sound, video and network in some cases, and you’ll find those guides below. I also created prebuilt virtual machines you can just download and press play on.
You owe it to yourself to play with OS/2. It’s an amazingly fascinating operating system with some great ideas and features.
I kinda miss the days when I cut my teeth using the C Set++ compiler on OS/2 v1.3 for ATMs. Oh how the OSs and dev suites have changed.
I just never connected with OS/2. I was a beta tester for Warp and while yes it was very stable compared to Windows, I didn’t like the fit and finish of Windows… for me YMMV. But my interest in operating systems is pretty pragmatic. I love learning about interesting architectures but at the end of the day I am using one to get work done, so I tend to prefer OS’s that let me work in the apps I need without virtualizing a different OS or dual booting. That was never OS/2 for me
The 2.1 screen shots always bring back memories on my P100 16MB RAM. Was great.
I’ve been trying out eCS 2.1 lately and can concur with the stability concerns. It’s hard to pinpoint though. I’d call it “fragile” more than unstable. After it locks up you often think “maybe I shouldn’t have done that”. eCS and it’s replacement (ArcN) are nearly semi relevant and usable today. I have it on modest hardware with Firefox, Thunderbird and Libreoffice but to get there is a drama. Patching old issues a drama. Finding basic guides and basic information futile. The community is micro compared to anything else these days. Can be very frustrating which is a shame because I think compared to Haiku (for example) it can be actually usable and can have a use case if software is ported or dragged along (updated that is) into the present.
This https://homepage.cs.uri.edu/~thenry/resources/unix_art/ch03s02.html is from 2003 and puts all major OSs in context. It’s only missing Android and iOS, So I guess a lot has changed …. :