Spider/2: Spider's OS/2 information page
OS/2 is IMHO the most advanced operating system in the computer market from the
technological point of view, i.e. its architecture and philosophy, even beyond
the PC world.
It is rich in its abilities to exploit the resources of a 32-bit PC
appropriately, and has therefore the potential to support every reasonable PC
application. The only minus is lack of support from many non-IBM (and even some
IBM, according to the rumors) providers of PC software and hardware.
But after a harsh startup, there is now many software around (often PD,
freeware, or inexpensive shareware) to do most jobs, especially in programming,
networking, and the office environment.
Some points that make OS/2 superior to other systems IMHO:
As examples and images say more than a lot of words, I have made some
screenshots of my actual workplace (creating
HTML files; working on the Messier pages under OS/2).
- Advanced, fully object-oriented architecture. This allows to take
full advantage of real object orientation in application programming.
- Multithreading and an intelligent, advanced (pre-emptive)
multitasking. This makes the system extremely stable (although not totally).
- Selectability concepts, in particular:
- The implementation of the Installable File System (IFS).
With HPFS, an advanced
file system is provided for OS/2.
- Boot Manager: This very nice feature makes OS/2 actually more
than a single OS; it can administrate a multi-OS PC !
- For me, OS/2 had always some of the most appealing
programs and tools with it, even in the times of version 1.x (when I
only knew it from rumors) and 2.0 when most people complained:
- Rexx. I mustn't say anything to those who know this powerful
batch interpreter language. It is powerful as it comes, but may be
enhanced by packages of the (IBM) Employee Written Software
- EPM (the Enhanced Editor).
Always a powerful editor, it got excitingly enhanced in its newest
version 6.03 (it is finally a 32-bit program since version 6.0).
Programmable both in the compiled macro/configuration language
E and an interpreted specialized Rexx, ERexx.
There's not much you can not do with EPM.
- IPF (the Information Presentation Facility).
OS/2's information and online help system. A powerful documentation
system, with the only disadvantage that you need at least the
(inexpensive) Developer's Toolkit to get the IPF Compiler, IPF, and
that at least some 2.X and first Warp manuals didn't point anything
out on this fact.
- With the BonusPack and the full TCP/IP Base Kit, OS/2 has one of
the most powerful communication software packages delivered with it,
including especially the full range of internet communication tools,
generally in very good realizations. This is again supported by
remarkable additions from the EWS suite, which was also the birthplace of
the WebExplorer, OS/2's first and for a
long time, only native Web browser.
- OS/2 is quite modest in hardware requirements (oh, I recall well
the times around 1992, when the opposite was claimed): It
runs on virtually every 386+ PC with 4+ MByte RAM and 100+ MByte
Harddisk space, making it the only choice beyond Dos for owners of such
Links to important OS/2 sites will be added here soon; for now, look at
this very preliminary linklist.
Every PC user beyond Dos should use OS/2, not Windows, IMHO:
Of course you are better off if you can invest in more RAM (at least 6,
better 8 MByte), so that you can run OS/2 - this should be considered,
especially because with Windows need will arise to invest in RAM anyway,
and then the better platform is OS/2.
My Wishes for Merlin
if you have comments or additions to this page.