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Tag: OS/2


Installing OS/2 Warp in a Virtual Machine


I’ve had OS/2 running in a virtual machine for years; specifically, a Virtual PC one. But I’ve always known that OS/2 has idiosyncracies, such that it won’t run in VMWare (although it’s getting better in VirtualBox).

By change I stumbled on the excellent site OS/2 Museum. The whole site is fascinating, and if you’re interested in the history of OS/2, or Windows, for that matter, it is a great read.

However the post that caught my eye (obviously) was Installing OS/2 in a virtual machine, which finally explained why it’s such a pain to get OS/2 going in a virtualiser.

Still, nice work – makes me want to dig out the zip file I saved it in and relive Warp 3 again, just for a while…


What is this site here for?


What is this site here for?  It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a bit lately.  I’ve played with the theme (based on the classic WordPress Kubrick), added Google Ads in the no doubt false hope that it will make me rich (it might pay for my hosting if I’m really really lucky), and added Google Analytics (never used it before but I will report back on what I think of it.)

But what is it for?  Content?  Well, I’ve added my page of Ernest Pike music online, and I’ve added that to the menu bar up there.  I’ve also got one or two other projects that I plan on hosting at some point that will get added to that menu bar as well.

But primarily, I suppose, this site is for playing.  I like to play with technology.  I like to learn new (or old) programming languages, try them out, see what I can make them do.  I like to write programs, play games, get old operating systems working (I still have a virtual machine running OS/2 and I am beginning to think that the old pedestal in the garage may have to be pressed into service as a dual-boot OS/2 and BeOS machine…  for testing my web development projects, of course…)

I collect things – file types, databases, operating systems – they’ll all crop up here sooner or later.

But I suppose – in a way – this place will replace my Firefox bookmarks menu.  Or at least, the “emulation/computing/programming/web” part of it, anyway.

Stay tuned, esotechnicians.  There’s a long road ahead of us all, and I intend to be standing at the side of it, waving shiny things at you and saying “come and play with these interesting toys”.  Believe…


OS/2 redux


I remember running OS/2 Warp 3 back in 1994, on the most powerful machine in the company – a 486DX running at 33 MHz with 8MB of RAM – and really enjoying the experience.  And actually using it in anger to do proper work with as well, using the Windows 3 (blue) edition.

The one I bought off eBay is the red one – no built in Windows 3 layer – but it works nicely for me (using FreeTCP, of course).  What is fairly timely (or was, a month ago) is a second round of petitioning from the OS/2 World site to open source OS/2 to be sent to IBM.  Sure, there is still development on OS/2 – Serenity Systems continue to develop eComStation, and have recently issued version 2.0 release candidate 4 – and there’s still a few great OS/2 download sites around as well.  You can still get all the fixpaks and the device drivers from IBM’s ftp site (not available on the website any more), there’s still hobbes (although sadly leo seems to have disappeared), and that’s about 6GB there for your downloading pleasure (or otherwise, depending on your inherent level of patience…  if you’re using Windows, I recommend FTPSync, by the way – not updated for ages but works fine on Vista.)

Virtual PC Guy has an excellent guide to installing Warp 3 in Virtual PC 2004 – in Virtual PC 2007 there’s nothing much changed, except turn hardware-accelerated virtualisation off before you start.   And of course, you can get Firefox for OS/2 quite easily (much easier than IBM Web Explorer, Netscape 2.02 or Netscape 4.61, none of which I was able to find).


Useful resources


It’s always nice, when using a new operating system in a virtual machine, to have some apps to look at in it.  So I thought I’d compile a list of some, where to get them, and the usual suspects: OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Thunderbird and Opera.  Here, then, after a quick scan through my bookmarks is all that I can find.  Use and enjoy.Read More »




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