SCOUG Logo


Next Meeting: TBD
Meeting Directions


Be a Member
Join SCOUG

Navigation:


Help with Searching

20 Most Recent Documents
Search Archives
Index by date, title, author, category.


Features:

Mr. Know-It-All
Ink
Download!








SCOUG:

Home

Email Lists

SIGs (Internet, General Interest, Programming, Network, more..)

Online Chats

Business

Past Presentations

Credits

Submissions

Contact SCOUG

Copyright SCOUG



warp expowest
Pictures from Sept. 1999


The views expressed in articles on this site are those of their authors.

warptech
SCOUG was there!


Copyright 1998-2021, Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SCOUG, Warp Expo West, and Warpfest are trademarks of the Southern California OS/2 User Group. OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.

The Southern California OS/2 User Group
P.O. Box 26904
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6904, USA

The President's Message

July 2002

by Tony Butka

Recently, a BeOS user wrote me about whether or not it would be worthwhile to try OS/2 in light of BeOS's practical demise. In the process of replying to him, I realized that there are a number of folks out there who are not enamoured of Microsoft software, and can provide a modest influx of new OS/2 users. I've used my response to this user as this month's President's message.

To the BeOS user, I wrote:

    "I have a CD copy of BeOS somewhere too. Really too bad, since it was so wonderful for audio/video stuff out of the box. Anyhow, my short answer is that OS/2 will over the years have decreasing support, but that it will remain a stable and viable platform for some time. Reasons are:

    1. OS/2 runs DOS programs better than DOS did - you can have multiple programs in different windows running simultaneously, each with 640k memory & their own autoexec file. I still have some old DOS programs that won't even run under Win2K up;

    2. Same is true for Windows 3.1 programs, where again newer versions of Windows will simply not even load them. This particularly griped me with Paradox 5 and WordPerfect 6.1. And all these programs are available on eBay cheap.

    3. Native OS/2 programs are still out there to provide compatibility with MS Office Suite. For example, Lotus SmartSuite is available at a functional equivalent of Office 2000 & I have not had a problem with most Word & Excel import/exporting. There are also OS/2 only solutions for database, word processing, image viewing, e-mail, and spreadsheet standalone programs, as well as very good and brand new browsers like Mozilla.

    4. The OS/2 community is lucky enough to have very good porting help from the Linux world - SANE, GIMP and most importantly a lot of device drivers get ported to OS/2 with fair rapidity.

IBM is doing its best to kill the OS, of course, and I would guess that within 3-5 years we're in trouble. Of course in 3-5 years, who knows what we will be using for computers or operating systems.

I would suggest that you pick up a cheap copy of OS/2 Warp 4 on eBay. SCOUG has an online help desk and we will help you get it installed, and updated to the latest fixpack. Give it a whirl, and if you like it, then get a copy of eCS (eCom Station), the latest version of the operating system. Take a look at our web site to get a flavor of what's going on, and check out the links - http://www.scoug.com."

The next time someone you talk to gets curious about OS/2, think about it - you might be able to get someone to try OS/2!

Questions, comments, ideas for any presentations, contact me at tony@scoug.com.


The Southern California OS/2 User Group
P.O. Box 26904
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6904, USA

Copyright 2002 the Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SCOUG, Warp Expo West, and Warpfest are trademarks of the Southern California OS/2 User Group. OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.