[TUHS] If not Linux, then what?

Nemo Nusquam cym224 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 30 04:40:07 AEST 2019

On 08/28/19 18:27, William Pechter wrote (in part):
> On 8/28/2019 4:27 PM, Adam Thornton wrote:
>> I was an ardent OS/2 supporter for a long time.  Sure, IBM's anemic 
>> marketing, and their close-to-outright-hostility to 3rd-party 
>> developers didn't help.  But what killed it, really, was how damn 
>> good its 16-bit support was.  It *was* a better DOS than DOS and a 
>> better Windows than 3.11fW.  So no one wrote to the relatively tiny 
>> market of 32-bit OS/2.
> OS/2 was slick and if they could've kept the W\indows 3.x 
> compatibility (the Win32S was a sliding target that Microsoft kept 
> changing.  There was a pretty decent Unix work-alike ported to the top 
> of OS/2 that made most of the public domain and open source (the term 
> didn't exist yet) stuff available.
> I could telnet into the box and run a pretty slick Unix work-alike shell.
Indeed -- forgive my nostalgia here... We were developing a DOS-based 
PC-Card (often incorrectly called a PCMCIA card).  With OS/2, you opened 
up a DOS box. If the driver crashed, you just opened up another and went 
on.  Under Windoze, the whole box crashed (and sometimes took the 
file-system with it).  We used a combination of Eberhard Mattes' emx, 
the MKS toolkit, and case-sensitive file-systems to give us a reasonable 


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