Search the FAQ Archives

3 - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M
N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z
faqs.org - Internet FAQ Archives

Team OS/2 Frequently Asked Questions


[ Usenet FAQs | Web FAQs | Documents | RFC Index | Restaurant inspections ]
Posted-By: auto-faq 3.3 beta (Perl 5.005)
Archive-name: Team-OS2-FAQ
Posting-Frequency: Monthly
Version: 2.41

See reader questions & answers on this topic! - Help others by sharing your knowledge
Team OS/2 Frequently Asked Questions List

Version 2.41 (13th Feb 1997)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Available on the World Wide Web at:

   * Europe:
        o http://www.aber.ac.uk/~ccs95/teamfaq.html
        o http://www.teamos2.de/faq/
   * North America:
        o http://www.cinq.com/teamfaq/

If anyone is willing to host a mirror of the FAQ on a Website outside of
Europe, please get in touch.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Abstract

This document contains a list of questions and answers about that wholly
remarkable organisation, Team OS/2. It is maintained by Christi Scarborough.
Corrections, as well as constructive criticism, suggestions for improvement
and additions, and large sums of money are all welcome, and can be submitted
to the following address:

Internet: ccs95@aber.ac.uk

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Disclaimer and Copyright Notice

This document is based entirely on my personal opinions about Team OS/2, and
any inaccuracies are therefore my fault. In no way does this document
constitute the official opinion of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (who
probably don't even know what OS/2 is), or IBM itself.

The document is provided AS IS, without warranty of any kind. The author is
not liable for any loss or damage resulting from use of information
contained herein, correct or otherwise.

All trademarks are copyright of their respective owners.

Copyright Christian Alice Scarborough 1994-1997 (except where otherwise
stated). License is hereby granted to freely distribute this document in any
form, provided no fee (other than a reasonable distribution charge, where
applicable) is charged, and that this copyright notice remains intact. This
document may not be reproduced in any way, either in full or in part, as
part of a commercial venture (including but not limited to CD-ROM
distribution and magazine articles) without my express written permission.

An explicit exception to the above license is hereby granted to the
producers of the Walnut Creek OS/2 Shareware CD ROM, who may include this
document on their distribution.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Contents

  1. General Questions
       a. What is Team OS/2 about?
            1. What exactly is Team OS/2?
            2. How did Team OS/2 originate?
            3. What does Team OS/2 do?
            4. I'd like to do one of the things mentioned above, but I'm a
               bit nervous about going it alone. Is there anyone I can ask
               for help?
            5. What is Team OS/2's position on Windows, Windows 95, NT, and
               other competing software?
            6. Are Team OS/2 membership and using or supporting a different
               OS mutually exclusive activities?
       b. IBM and Team OS/2
            1. What is IBM's relationship with Team OS/2?
            2. Do I have to work for IBM to be a Team OS/2 member?
            3. How do I contact IBM's Team OS/2 support?
       c. How do I join?
            1. How do I join Team OS/2?
            2. How do I get my name placed on the register of Teamers?
  2. Where to contact Team OS/2 members
       a. Electronic conferences
            1. Fidonet
            2. Internet / Usenet
            3. Prodigy
            4. CompuServe / CIX
            5. GEnie
            6. Delphi
            7. America Online
            8. WWIVnet
       b. Face to face
            1. User groups
            2. Computer shows / store demos
  3. Team OS/2 sources of information
       a. Where are the principal sources of Team info?
            1. Fidonet
            2. Internet
            3. Others
       b. What general documents are available?
            1. The Team OS/2 FAQ
            2. The OS/2 FAQ
            3. The Team OS/2 membership list
            4. OS/2 installation help file
            5. Trap error guide v1.01
            6. OS/2 2.1 performance improvements
            7. OS/2 performance tuning
            8. Stupid OS/2 Tricks
            9. APAR lists
           10. CONFIG.SYS documents
           11. OS/2 shipping applications
           12. OS/2 BBS list
           13. Hardware compatibility table
           14. The Good, Bad and Ugly hardware list
           15. Workplace Shell keys reference
           16. OS/2 Awards
       c. What newsletters are available?
            1. Team OS/2 newsletter
            2. San Diego OS/2 User Group newsletter
            3. IBM Developer Support News
            4. Others
       d. Where can OS/2 promotional items / software be obtained?
            1. Indelible Blue Inc. (USA)
            2. Lees-Keystone (USA)
            3. The OS/2 Solution Centre (UK)
            4. OneStop Software (UK)
            5. J3 Computer Technologies (USA)
  4. A brief history of OS/2
       a. History
       b. Versions
  5. Team OS/2 related jargon
  A. Appendix - Revision History

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

1) General OS/2 questions

1(a) What is Team OS/2 about?

Question 1(a).1 - What exactly is Team OS/2?

Team OS/2 is a highly informal organisation dedicated to telling the world
about the advantages of Operating System/2 (OS/2), an advanced operating
system for personal computers. Faced with a large amount of ignorance and
misinformation about OS/2, Teamers respond by demonstrating the operating
system to others, and educating them about its strengths and weaknesses.
Teamers are all volunteers with a genuine enthusiasm for OS/2 that
translates into a wish to spread that enthusiasm to others.

Question 1(a).2 - How did Team OS/2 originate?

Shortly before the release of version 2 of OS/2, an IBM employee called Dave
Whittle had an idea. He, like many others at that time, could see that OS/2
was an excellent program, but like many others, he was frustrated by the
lack of attention that it was receiving in the computer press and elsewhere.
As a result, he decided to form a group of OS/2 enthusiasts who would help
each other to promote OS/2 at the grass roots level. This organisation grew
beyond his wildest dreams to encompass Teamers both inside and outside of
IBM. Currently, Team OS/2 has more than six thousand members worldwide. Less
than 5% of these are IBM employees.

Question 1(a).3 - What does Team OS/2 do?

Anything that promotes OS/2 to other people. Examples include, but are not
limited to:

   * Showing OS/2 to friends and workmates.
   * Demonstrating OS/2 to local stores, sometimes "adopting" a store.
   * Participating in electronic conferences discussing OS/2.
   * Helping exhibitors at computer shows to set up OS/2 demonstrations, and
     answering OS/2 questions.
   * Promoting OS/2 at user groups, possibly starting Special Interest
     Groups dealing with OS/2, or starting OS/2 user groups.
   * Running OS/2 BBS systems, carrying OS/2 files.

Not to mention anything else that springs to mind, often on the spur of the
moment. Above all, Teamers do what they do because it is fun.

Question 1(a).4 - I'd like to do one of the things mentioned above, but I'm
a bit nervous about going it alone. Is there anyone I can ask for help?

Yes. Many Teamers are willing to offer advice through electronic
conferences, and you may be able to find Teamers local to you this way. For
demos, you might like to get in touch with your local IBM office, if you
have one. If you are setting up an OS/2 User Group, then IBM can also offer
some help; contact ibmpcug@vnet.ibm.com via the Internet. In particular, the
Fidonet Team OS/2 echo has many contributors that also run user groups.

Question 1(a).5 - What is Team OS/2's position on Windows, Windows 95, NT,
and other competing software?

Well, Team OS/2 is an informal organisation, and as such has no views on
anything. In my experience, and yours may differ, the majority of Teamers
feel that OS/2 is good enough that we can promote it on it's own merits,
rather than resort to rubbishing competing products, which can often give a
bad impression, alienating people who might otherwise enjoy using OS/2.

Question 1(a).6 - Are Team OS/2 membership and using or supporting a
different OS mutually exclusive activities?

Absolutely not. Being a fan of OS/2 does not mean that a Teamer has to avoid
all other OSes. There are now a wide range of other PC and non-PC operating
systems such as Linux, Windows NT, Windows 95, NextStep, and System 7, and
all of them have different strengths and weaknesses, so it's possible to
like more than one.

1(b) IBM and Team OS/2

Question 1(b).1 - What is IBM's relationship with Team OS/2?

IBM has no control or authority over the activities of Team OS/2. It no
longer provides formal support for Team OS/2 activities.

IBM's support for Team OS/2 was traditionally strongest within the USA, but
they have liasons in sixteen other countries, although it is unclear whether
any of these are still operating. Their email addresses are listed in
section 1(b).3.

Question 1(b).2 - Do I have to work for IBM to be a Team OS/2 member?

The answer to this question is a categorical NO. Although Team OS/2 contains
many IBMers who are active participants, the vast majority are users,
programmers, students, and other enthusiasts from outside of IBM.

Question 1(b).3 - How do I contact IBM's Team OS/2 support?

IBM has now withdrawn support for Team OS/2, so they can no longer be
contacted. Some of the international contacts below may still be able to
help though.

International contacts:

Caveat: This information is very old, and I have no idea how accurate it is.

Argentina:        Juan Sortheix - dszpholm@hp1.cbs.dk
Australia:        Peter Kelley - yellek@vnet.ibm.com
Austria:          Georg Hascheck - haschek@vnet.ibm.com
                  Ludwig Eder -  ederl@vnet.ibm.com
Belgium:          Frank Vandewiele - <address unknown>
Canada:           Arylnn Poczynek - teamos2_cnd@vnet.ibm.com
Denmark:          Carsten Joost - TEAMOS2_DK@vnet.ibm.com
Germany;          Andreas Claus Kistner - KISTNER@FRANVM2.VNET.IBM.COM
Ireland:          Scott Myles - teamos2.ireland@street.nemesis.co.uk
Japan:            Kaoru Sudo - <address unknown>
Latvia:           Harry Bush - Harry@castle.riga.lv, Fido 2:51/2
Netherlands:      Jeroen van den Horn - HORNE@vnet.ibm.com
Portugal:         Pedro Soares - <address unknown>
Singapore:        Jason Ho Yong Sing - <address unknown>
South Africa:     Faridah Hoosen - <address unknown>
                  Glenn Fermoyle - <address unknown>
                  Francois van der Merwe - <address unknown>
Spain:            Xavier Caballe - xavier.caballa@abaforum.es
Sweden:           Mats Pettersson - TEAMOS2_SV@vnet.ibm.com
Switzerland:      Thomas Straumann -
                  Thomas.Straumann@p3.f315.n301.z2.fidonet.org
UK:               Andrew Agerbak - TEAMUK@vnet.ibm.com

1(c) How do I join?

Question 1(c).1 - How do I join Team OS/2?

Joining Team OS/2 is very simple. There is no formal membership application
process. All that is necessary is to do something that promotes OS/2 to
others, no matter how large or small, and you are entitled to call yourself
a Team OS/2 member. Once you have done this, you may wish to place the text
"Team OS/2" in any electronic messages you send, and you may wish to have
your name placed on the register of Teamers kept by IBM, but neither of
these steps are essential to becoming a Team OS/2 member, just a willingness
to promote OS/2 to others.

Question 1(c).2 - How do I get my name placed on the register of Teamers?

The Team OS/2 membership database has been undergoing a bit of a facelift
recently. If you would like to join, then the easiest way is to use the
World Web Web - point your browser at http://www.teamos2.org/jointeam.
Regretably it is no longer possible to register other than over the Web.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

2) How to contact Team OS/2 members

2(a) Electronic conferences

Teamers frequent many electronic conferences, some of which are listed
below. If there is a conference that you know of that is not listed below,
please let me know.

2(a).1 - Fidonet

The Fidonet echo TEAMOS2 is on the echo backbone in Zones 1 and 2, and is
also taken by sites in zones 3 and 6. It serves as a meeting place for
Teamers worldwide to discuss issues relating to Team activities, as well as
serving as a point of contact for many OS/2 user groups.

There are also several national Fidonet echoes in existence, for example
Germany and France both have national language Team OS/2 echoes.

2(a).2 - Internet / Usenet

The newsgroups comp.org.team-os2 (moderated) and alt.org.team-os2 are
specifically devoted to Team OS/2, although many Teamers also follow the
newsgroups in the comp.os.os2 hierarchy. Of particular interest to Teamers
is the comp.os.os2.advocacy newsgroup, also frequented by several staunch NT
supporters. some of the posts in this newsgroup are rather extreme in nature
- you have been warned!

There are also a couple of OS/2 related mailing lists. To subscribe to one
of these lists, send mail to the address specified with a blank subject line
and the text

    sub <list name> <your first name> <your surname>

in the message text, filling in your details as appropriate. Do not include
an explanation or signature, as the request will be processed automatically.

List name: os2users
Location: McGill University in Canada
Topic: general OS/2 discussion
Address: listserv@vm1.mcgill.ca

List name: os2-l
Location: the Netherlands
Topic: general OS/2 discussion
Address: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl

List name: team-os2
Location: the Netherlands
Topic: Grass roots promotion of OS/2
Addresses: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl

List name: teamhelp
Location: the Netherlands
Topic: Team OS/2 help desk
Addresses: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl

In addition, there are several Team OS/2 related mailing lists running off
the Team OS/2 World Wide Web server. Details of these can be found at
http://www.teamos2.org/joinlist.

2(a).3 - Prodigy

Seek out the OS/2 club, which has both files for downloading and message
areas.

2(a).4 - CompuServe / CIX

'Go OS2USER'. Section 9 is dedicated to Team OS/2.

2(a).5 - GEnie

The OS/2 roundtable (page 1400) is the place to look here. Look out for the
announcements of upcoming Realtime Conferences (RTCs) in the Upcoming
Bulletin Board conferences section.

2(a).6 - Delphi

The Teamers here are to be found hanging out on Custom Forum 41.

2(a).7 - America Online

Head for the Computing icon, OS/2 topic. AOL has regularly-scheduled OS/2
chats on Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m., Thursdays at 9 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:30
p.m. EST (Grenwich Mean Time minus 5 hours.)

2(a).8 - WWIVnet

Dave Allen Walker hosts a Team OS/2 subboard on WWIVnet, which can be
subscribed to from WWIVnet or WWIVlink as follows:

     Subtype: TEAMOS2
     Host:
          WWIVnet: @5555
          WWIVlink: @19984

2(b) Face to face

Often it's nice to meet fellow Teamers in the flesh too. There are two main
places where there is a good chance of meeting Teamers face to face.

2(b).1 - User groups

OS/2 user groups usually have a large contingent of Teamer members, and
there may be one near you. These are mostly found within the USA, although
the International OS/2 User Group is based in Cirencester, UK and many other
countries (such as Germany) now have their own user groups. A list of OS/2
User Groups is regretably beyond the scope of this document.

2(b).2 - Computer shows / store demos

If you are planning to attend a computer show, it is possible that you will
find a group of Teamers helping out there. If you would like to help out
with Team activities at the show, then contact IBM's Team OS/2 support, who
will probably be able to put you in touch with those organising Team OS/2's
presence. Also, Teamers will often help out at store demos of OS/2.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

3) Team OS/2 sources of information

This section is concerned mainly with the electronic distribution of Team
OS/2 and general OS/2 related information, although the final sub-section
covers OS/2 promotional items and software by mail order.

3(a) Where are the principal sources of OS/2 information / software?

This section is classified by electronic network.

3(a).1 - Fidonet

An extensive selection of OS/2 related material is distributed on file echos
called the "Fernwood Collection" and is maintained on the Bear Garden BBS in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. FWOS2INFO is the place to look for Team
OS/2 info, much of which can also be FReqed (see glossary) from Janet
Gobeille's BBS (1:382/902).

Also worth a mention is the OS/2 Shareware BBS (sysop Pete Norloff, node
1:109/347), located in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, phone number 703-385-4325,
carrying one of the widest selections of OS/2 related files and echos in the
the world. The BBS is also connected to the Internet at bbs.os2bbs.com
(subscribers only) and the WWW at http://www.os2bbs.com.

In England, Monusci, the BBS of the International OS/2 User Group is a good
source of OS/2 information and files, and access is not restricted to User
Group members. The Sysop is Mike Gove, node number 2:255/100, phone number
(01454) 633197. The International OS/2 User Group has moved since this
information was obtained, so this may be out of date.

3(a).2 - Internet

Several OS/2 related anonymous ftp sites are available on the Internet. The
two main sites are

    ftp-os2.nmsu.edu               Directory: /os2
    ftp.cdrom.com                  Directory: /pub/os2

IBM's own official OS/2 FTP site is located at

    software.watson.ibm.com        Directory: /pub/os2

The IBM OS/2 device driver repository is at

    ftp.europe.ibm.com              Directory: /psmemea/os2drivers

These sites are mirrored in several places around the world, including

    src.doc.ic.ac.uk (England)      Directory: /computing/systems/os2
    ftp.funet.fi/pub/os2 (Finland)  Directory: /pub/os2
    ftp.informatik.tu-muenchen.de   Directory: /pub/comp/os/os2
        (Germany)

A more comprehensive list of FTP sites can be found in the OS/2 FAQ.

For information about ftp, consult the glossary in Section 5

There have been an enormous number of OS/2 related World Wide Web sites set
up recently, so much so that it is impossible to list them all here.
However, a couple of sites worth looking at, from which you should be able
to find the rest, are:

www.ibm.com                 IBM's own WWW site
www.austin.ibm.com/pspinfo/os2.html
                            IBM's OS/2 page
www.europe.ibm.com          IBM Europe
www.teamos2.org             Team OS/2's home on the Web
www.mit.edu:8001/activities/os2/os2world.html
                            The MIT OS/2 home page

3(a).3 - Others

Any details of OS/2 sources on other networks would be greatly appreciated.

3(b) What general documents are available?

Here is a list of files that may be useful to OS/2 users and Teamers in
particular. It is, however, beginning to show its age, and perhaps a better
source of information would be the OS/2 Must Have Utilities List at
http://www.musthave.com.

3(b).1 - The Team OS/2 FAQ - TMFAQ241.ZIP

Well, you are reading it at the moment. Anything I could say about it seems
slightly superfluous in the light of that fact.

3(b).2 - The OS/2 FAQ - WARPFAQ3.ZIP

This is a list of questions and answers related to OS/2 generally,
maintained by Timothy Sipples. It is posted at regular intervals in the
comp.os.os2.advocacy newsgroup, and can be found on many ftp sites, as well
as some BBSes. There are a small number of FAQs concerned with more specific
aspects of OS/2, such as programming. For a list of these, please consult
the OS/2 FAQ.

3(b).3 - The Team OS/2 membership list - TEAMOS.ZIP

This document, widely distributed on BBSes, is a list of all the Team OS/2
members worldwide who have submitted their names to IBM, along with their
location (city and country), and any electronic addresses, enabling Teamers
local to each other to get in touch. The filename is TEAMxx.ZIP (xx being a
version number).

This list is incredibly out of date, and an update is extremely unlikely.

3(b).4 - OS/2 installation help file

A list of problems and fixes for use when installing OS/2 2.1, in INF
format. Filename is probably INSIN2.ZIP.

3(b).5 - Trap error guide v1.01 - TRAPINF.ZIP

INF file containing a brief description of OS/2 Trap messages and what they
really mean.

3(b).6 - OS/2 2.1 performance improvements

An INF file describing Workplace Shell performance improvements in OS/2 2.1.
Filename: WP21PERF.ZIP. Only of historical interest now.

3(b).7 - OS/2 performance tuning.

INF file containing tips to allow you to fine tune your system settings for
better OS/2 performance. Filename: OS2PERF.ZIP

3(b).8 - Stupid OS/2 Tricks - TRICKS6.ZIP

A list of useful (and not so useful) things you can do to your OS/2 system
in INF format.

3(b).9 - APAR lists - 30APR1.ZIP

APARs are known problems with OS/2 that IBM is in the process of fixing. The
lists contain details of the bugs that IBM know about. Again probably only
of historical interest.

3(b).10 - CONFIG.SYS documents

There are currently two ASCII documents explaining what the sometimes rather
cryptic statements in the OS/2 CONFIG.SYS file mean. These are CFGS_11.ZIP
and OS2CFG11.ZIP.

3(b).11 - OS/2 shipping applications - OS2_APPS.TXT

Just that. A list of currently shipping applications for OS/2. Often useful
when countering rumours that there are no OS/2 applications available.

3(b).12 - OS/2 BBS list - OS2WORLD.ZIP

Contains a list of BBSes that carry OS/2 files and echos throughout the
world.

3(b).13 - Hardware compatibility table

Contains a list of hardware that has been tested by IBM and found to be
compatible with OS/2. This can be very useful when buying new hardware, or
for finding out if OS/2 will run on a friend's machine. This file is pretty
much obsolete now, since OS/2 now runs on almost any PC hardware. Filename:
PCMTAB.ZIP.

3(b).14 - The Good, Bad and Ugly hardware list

Similar to the hardware table above, but is compiled from feedback from
users who tried to get their hardware running under OS/2. It is in INF
format, and is organised by peripheral type (e.g. 'soundcards') - filename
GBU109.ZIP

3(b).15 - Workplace Shell keys reference - WPSKEYS.TXT

A concise reference containing keyboard shortcuts for various operations.

3(b).16 - OS/2 Awards - OS2AWARD.ZIP

An IBM produced listing of awards that OS/2 has won

3(c) What newsletters are available

3(c).1 - Team OS/2 newsletter - TNEW09.ZIP

This electronic newsletter from IBM in INF format aims to keep Teamers
worldwide informed and up to date on Team activities worldwide. This is now
defunct, but back issues should be widely available. Available from many
BBSes as TNEWxx.ZIP (xx is the version number).

Any Teamer wanting to take on the task of creating a newsletter should get
in touch with IBM Team OS/2 support (see section 1(b).3 above).

3(c).2 - San Diego OS/2 User Group newsletter - SDIN9410.ZIP

An extremely well presented and professional INF format newsletter produced
for the San Diego OS/2 User Group, but distributed worldwide via Fidonet and
the Internet. Edited by Dave Sichak, each edition contains OS/2 related
articles and reviews, as well as a worldwide list of OS/2 User groups. This
is worth checking out. The newsletter has now gone print only, but
electronic back issues are still available.

3(c).3 - IBM Developer Support News - DSN95AA.ZIP

An INF format magazine produced by IBM and aimed at programmers working with
OS/2. This magazine tends to contain articles of a more technical nature.
The latest filename can be calculated according to the following archaic
formula, reproduced from the newsletter itself:

Issue  Date       Zipped       ASCII        .INF        .PS        Pages

 10    15 Aug     dsn4ja.zip = dsn4j.asc                           106
                  dsn4ji.zip =              dsn4j.inf
                  dsn4jp.zip =                          dsn4j.ps

 11    14 Sep     dsn4ka.zip = dsn4k.asc                            54

Explanation of names of zipped files for 1993 Issue 7 and later:

  DSNymA = Developer Support News 199y issue m ASCII (plain-text)
  DSNymI = Developer Support News 199y issue m .INF  (use OS/2 VIEW)
  DSNymP = Developer Support News 199y issue m .PS   (PostScript)

where y = last digit of year (3, 4, ...)
      m = issue represented as alpha (1=A, ..., 7=G, 8=H, ...)


For example, DSN3GI is 1993 issue 7 (=G), the 15 October issue, in .INF
format (after being unzipped).

3(c).4 - Others

Here is a short list of some of the other newsletters available:

CON1296.ZIP - OS/2 Connect
EDMI4_1.ZIP - Electronic Developer's Magazine/2
PROS1296.ZIP - PROS/2 - Tampa Bay OS/2 Users Group Newsletter

3(d) Where can OS/2 promotional items / software be found?

3(d).1 - Indelible Blue Inc. (USA)

Indelible Blue is an OS/2 only mail order vendor with a large stock of
applications. They also have franchises worldwide. Any details on these
would be much appreciated.

Address:        Indelible Blue, Inc.,
                3209 Gresham Lake Road,
                Suite 135,
                Raleigh, North Carolina, 27615
                USA

Phone:          800-776-8284 (USA only), 919-878-9700
Fax:            919-878-7479
Office Hours:   8:30am - 7:00 pm EST Monday-Friday.
CompuServe:     70670,2352
WWW:            http://www.indelible-blue.com/ib

3(d).2 - Lees-Keystone (USA)

Lees-Keystone stock a wide range of OS/2 trinkets and promotional items such
as mouse mats, car stickers etc. They also stock Team OS/2 specific items
such as T-shirts.

Lees-Keystone are known for having high shipping costs. Be sure to check
these before ordering.

Phone:          (800) 717-7666 (USA only)
                (914) 273-6755
Fax:            (914) 273-9187

3(d).3 - The OS/2 Solution Centre (UK)

An offshoot of the International OS/2 User group, based at the same address,
this mail order vendor stocks a large range of OS/2 products and services,
aimed primarily at business customers.

Phone:          +44 (0)1494 444362

3(d).4 - OneStop Software (UK)

OneStop Software aim to be the most comprehensive source of OS/2 products in
Europe. They will ship outside the UK.



Address:        OneStop Software
                Maggs House
                78 Queens Road
                Clifton
                BS8 1QX
                United Kingdom

Phone:          +44 (0)117 985 3370
                (9.30 - 5.30 Mon. - Fri. - answering machine out of hours)
Fax:            +44 (0)117 985 3373
WWW:            http://www.onestop.co.uk

3(d).5 - J3 Computer Technologies (USA)

Address:        J3 Computer Technologies
                8851 Central Ave., #G-316
                Montclair, CA 91763
                USA

WWW:            http://www.os2store.com
Phone:          (800) 787 0930 (USA only)
                (909) 985 6786
Fax:            (909) 981 5423

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

4) A brief history of OS/2

This section is intended to give an introduction to the history of OS/2, as
well as a brief explanation of the rather confusing splintering of OS/2
versions that has occurred recently.

4(a) - History of OS/2

In 1987, IBM and Microsoft released OS/2 version 1.0 as the successor to MS
DOS, the PC operating system shipped with the original IBM PC. OS/2 ran on a
286 or better processor, and required a minimum of 2MB of RAM.

OS/2 version 1 was enhanced and improved jointly by IBM and MS, and for
version 1.1 a GUI (see Glossary below) was added. Version 1.2 introduced the
High Performance File System (HPFS), and also a plethora of bugs.

At about this time, MS and IBM started to disagree over the future of OS/2,
and Microsoft pulled out of the project, leaving IBM to develop a more
stable OS/2 1.3 on its own.

OS/2 1.x never sold in great volume, and enjoyed only a moderate success in
the corporate market for a variety of reasons. It did not run on most
non-IBM manufactured hardware, was not really backwardly compatible (having
very limited DOS program support), and suffered from a lack of applications.

In 1991, IBM released OS/2 version 2.0, a new version of OS/2 for 386 and
higher processors requiring a minimum of 4MB (6MB for practical purposes) of
RAM, and featuring a redesigned object oriented GUI called the Workplace
Shell. It also introduced multiple DOS sessions that would run the majority
of old DOS applications, as well as built in support for Windows programs
through a licensed version of the Windows 3.0 code.

Version 2.1 added improvements in performance and usability, as well as
Windows 3.1 support and built in multimedia. IBM then followed this up with
OS/2 for Windows, which would take users' existing copies of Windows, and
modify them to allow them to run under OS/2. The next release of OS/2,
called OS/2 Warp version 3, built on this with substantial an improved
install process, reduced memory requirements, and support for many more
hardware devices. This was followed by OS/2 Warp Connect, which added full
TCP/IP support and Peer to Peer networking to the Warp bundle.

The launch of OS/2 Warp version 4 marked a shift in policy for IBM away from
the home and small office user towards a corporate environment. The major
enhancements were speech to text dictation software and built in Java
support as well as a complete suit of networking programs. Beneath the
surface, however, Warp 4 has little to offer that cannot be accomplished
using Warp 3.

4(b) - The OS/2 family

There are a number of versions of OS/2 about. Hopefully this will explain
the differences. Where products have not yet been released, details are
obviously sketchy and subject to change.

   * OS/2 1.x - The original release of OS/2

   * OS/2 2.0 - The first release of OS/2 specifically for 386 or better
     computers.

   * OS/2 2.1 - An enhanced version of 2.0 with multimedia and Windows 3.1
     support.

   * OS/2 for Windows - A version of OS/2 that is functionally the same as
     OS/2 2.1, but comes without any Windows code, and can use genuine
     Windows 3.x code that the user has already purchased from Microsoft
     instead of making her pay for a new Windows license. Surprisingly
     enough, OS/2 for Windows does not require Windows to run. Windows is
     only needed to run Windows programs under OS/2. Users of OS/2 2.x
     cannot upgrade to OS/2 for Windows.

   * OS/2 SMP - SMP stands for symmetric multiprocessing. This is a version
     of OS/2 that is capable of using the greater power of PCs that have a
     number of processors in them. As a rule, such PCs are normally used as
     file servers on large networks, so this product is aimed at the
     corporate market.

   * OS/2 2.99, Warp, Performance OS/2 - These names were all used to refer
     to the beta test version of OS/2 Warp version 3 (see below).

   * OS/2 Warp version 3 - The current mainstream release of the OS/2
     family. It is reported to be faster and more responsive than earlier
     versions of OS/2 (although not in some systems - particularly those
     with slow disks), with smaller memory requirements. It also includes a
     number of usability enhancements, such as a LaunchPad for quickly
     launching applications. The first version of Warp to be released was
     based on the OS/2 for Windows code, and so did not ship with Windows
     code included.

     Warp comes in four flavours: OS/2 Warp, OS/2 with Win-OS/2, OS/2 Warp
     Connect and OS/2 Warp Connect with Win-OS/2. The 'with WIN-OS/2'
     versions include Windows code from IBM (as well as the cost of a
     Windows license, naturally). Users of OS/2 2.1 can upgrade to 'with
     Win-OS/2' versions of OS/2 Warp. The Connect versions are designed to
     allow easy connection to local area networks, and come with built in
     peer to peer networking facilities.

   * OS/2 for PowerPC - A version of OS/2 for the PowerPC platform, released
     in 1995.

   * OS/2 Warp Server - OS/2 Warp Connect integrated with IBM LAN server
     4.0. This version of Warp is designed for networked computers serving
     files and printers to other computers on the network.

   * Merlin - OS/2 version 4 beta release.

   * OS/2 Warp 4 - The current version of OS/2 which comes with VoiceType
     speech to text dictation and built in Java support (Warp 4 was the
     first OS to provide this), as well as built in networking. It does not
     run on 386 processor PCs.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

5) Team OS/2 related jargon

This section is intended to explain some of the terms used by Teamers and in
this document. The world of computing in general seems to be rife with
jargon, and this can be confusing for the newcomer. Hopefully, things will
be a little clearer after having read this section.

APAR
     APAR stands for Authorized Program Analysis Report. An APAR is a
     problem or bug (qv) in OS/2 that IBM has officially recognised and
     either has fixed, or is in the process of fixing. Fixpacks (qv) usually
     come with a list of APARs that have been fixed.
Beta
     A pre-release version of a program. OS/2 was subject to one of the
     widest beta tests ever, with many copies being shipped to customers.
     Beta products are often unstable and usually contain many bugs (qv),
     but allow the user to test out the product ahead of its release.
Bug
     A problem with a piece of software that causes it to operate
     incorrectly.
CPU
     Central processing unit. The part of the computer that does the work.
     OS/2 runs on computers containing Intel (qv) 80386, 80486, and Pentium
     CPUs.
CSD
     Corrective Service Diskettes. The same thing as 'Service Pack' (qv).
DOS
     The Disk Operating System. This was the operating system (qv) shipped
     with the original IBM PC in 1981. It has since gone through seven major
     releases.
Fixpack
     Yet another name for a Service Pack (qv)
FReq
     Fidonet term. File Request. A netmail (qv) message sent directly to a
     BBS system requesting files from them.
FTP
     file transfer protocol. A method of transferring files from a remote
     machine to your machine over the internet. For details of how to use
     it, type 'man ftp' or 'help ftp' on your local system.
FUD
     Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Term used to describe certain
     unscrupulous marketing techniques whereby large amounts of incorrect
     information are disseminated to the public in order to aversely effect
     sales of a product.
GA
     General Availability. The GA release of a product is the first 'for
     sale' release.
GUI
     A Graphical User interface. This is a method of interaction with the
     computer (usually using a mouse - an electronic device used to move a
     cursor around the screen) that is theoretically more intuitive than the
     command line interface used in DOS, because it uses graphics to
     represent various tasks to the user. Sometimes described as a WIMP
     (Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers) system. Windows (qv), and OS/2's
     Workplace Shell are both graphical user interfaces.
HTML
     Hypertext markup language. Confusing piece of jargon that is used to
     describe the language in which World Wide Web (qv) documents are
     written.
HTTP
     The hypertext transfer protocol. Another confusing piece of jargon that
     just means that a World Wide Web (qv) document is in the standard form
     for Web browsers (qv).
IBM
     The International Business Machines corporation, manufacturer of OS/2.
INF
     A file extension used to denote IPF files readable by the VIEW program
     supplied with OS/2. INF files have the form <filename>.INF. The VIEW
     program presents these files in a user friendly and intuitive manner,
     allowing the user to manipulate the information contained easily.
Intel
     A manufacturer of CPU (qv) chips.
Netmail
     Fidonet term. Private mail transferred between Fidonet systems.
Operating System
     The software that allows a computer to run other programs.
OS/2
     IBM's (qv) Operating System/2 (or OS/2 for short) is an advanced 32 bit
     Operating System (qv) for IBM PCs and compatibles with an 80386, 80486,
     Pentium, Pentium Pro, or other compatible processor, and also the
     PowerPC (qv). Amongst the advantages of OS/2 are pre-emptive
     multitasking, DOS and Windows compatibility, an advanced object
     oriented GUI (qv), multimedia support and much more.
PowerPC
     A new kind of PC based on a CPU (qv) developed jointly by IBM (qv),
     Apple and Motorola.
PSP
     Personal Software Products, the division of IBM responsible for
     marketing OS/2.
Recursion
     See recursion (qv).
Service Pack
     A collection of OS/2 bug fixes that are distributed together to allow
     users to get rid of several fixed problems.
SP
     see Service Pack.
Teamer
     Member of Team OS/2 (qv).
Team OS/2
     Informal organisation dedicated to promoting OS/2 at a grass roots
     level.
Web browser
     A piece of software, such as WebExplorer (which comes with OS/2), that
     is used to access the World Wide Web (qv). Other popular browsers
     include Netscape and Mosaic.
Windows
     A GUI (qv) for DOS (qv). OS/2 was originally designed as the successor
     to Windows by IBM and Microsoft, but Microsoft have since decided to
     follow a different path with their Windows NT (qv) product.
Windows NT
     Microsoft's alternative GUI operating system intended originally as a
     competitor to OS/2, but more recently marketed as a high end server
     platform.
Windows 95
     Microsoft's latest upgrade to Windows (qv) and replacement for DOS (qv)
     including some of the features and improved stability of Windows
     NT.(qv)
Workplace OS
     A portable version of OS/2 that will run on several different types of
     computer, currently being designed by IBM.
World Wide Web
     Term used to describe a way of providing linked information over the
     Internet. OS/2 (qv) now comes with software that enables users to
     access the web.
WWW
     Abbreviation for World wide Web (qv).

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Appendix A

Revision History

Version 2.41 is as usual long overdue, but contains only minor corrections
to version 2.4, as well as noting the sad demise of official IBM support for
Team OS/2.

Version 2.4 contains more updates (mostly IBM contact information) plus a
new question (again about Team OS/2 and other OSes). Since I no longer
moderate the Fidonet Team OS/2 echo, I've handed over maintainence of what
used to be Appendix A (information specific to that echo) to the new
moderator. As a result the Revision History now becomes Appendix A.
Exciting, eh?

The long overdue version 2.3 involves a few cosmetic changes, a load of
updates (sigh, the world moves too fast for me), and a complete translation
to HTML. The text version is now generated from the HTML version. (anyone
who has an HTML to IPF source converter would make my day if they'd send me
a copy). I've also added a couple of new questions (on other operating
systems, and appropriate topics in the Fidonet Team OS/2 echo). OneStop
Software was also added to the software sources list.

Version 2.20 is an attempt to make the information contained here more
current.

Version 2.10 updates some information that has become out of date since
version 2.01. The section on sources of information has been greatly
expanded (thanks to Byron Huang for this info), and a new section on the
history and versions of OS/2 has been added. Question 1(a).5, dealing with
Teamers and Windows, is also new. OS/2 Internet mailing list details are now
included, in section 2(a).2.

This document is intended to be a universal source of Team OS/2 related
information, but does contain a few gaping holes, notably relating to
electronic networks that I do not participate in. In particular, I must
apologise for the US/anglocentric focus of this document, as these are the
areas for which such information is readily available to me. It is my hope
that individuals with knowledge in areas that I lack would send it to me for
inclusion in the next release. Thank you.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Team OS/2 FAQ v 2.41 / Christi Scarborough / christi@teamos2.org

User Contributions:

Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:

CAPTCHA


[ Usenet FAQs | Web FAQs | Documents | RFC Index ]

Send corrections/additions to the FAQ Maintainer:
ccs95@aber.ac.uk (Christian Alice Scarborough)





Last Update March 27 2014 @ 02:11 PM