Unfortunately, the question of whether to buy OS/2 has no simple "yes"
or "no" answer. The answer depends upon the user's hardware, software,
and purpose for having a computer. This FAQ therefore goes over some of
the issues involved in answering the question, in the hopes that the
reader can construct the answer from the individual sub-answers.
The nature of this FAQ necessarily means that it overlaps somewhat with
other OS/2 FAQs. The interested reader is encouraged
to examine one or more of the following OS/2 FAQs:
Most of these are available on
under the os2/newsltr or os2/info directory. The contents of the
PCIWARE.ZIP file can be found on ftp.netcom.com
under the pub/ab/abe
directory (grab everything with "pci" in the filename). OS2D-FGA.ZIP
and PROSCONS.ZIP FAQs are available on FidoNet from DoNoR by File
Requesting from 2:440/4.0. Some or all of these may also be available on
(an ftp site devoted to FAQs of all sorts) under the
pub/usenet/comp.os.os2.misc or pub/usenet/news.answers directories.
Tim Sipples' OS/2 FAQ is published in an expanded book form, including a
CD-ROM with drivers and utilities, by IDG Books (ISBN 1-56884-472-7).
- WARPFAQ3.ZIP -- Tim Sipples' main OS/2 FAQ. This has
what OS/2 is, OS/2 resources and programs, etc. It's thin on OS/2
installation and debugging tips, though.
- GBU109.ZIP --
John Altstadt's Good, Bad, & Ugly hardware list
for OS/2, which lists hardware that's known to work well or
not-well under OS/2.
- PCIWARE.ZIP -- Pat Duffy's PCI hardware
information for OS/2,
which gives information on PCI chipsets, motherboards, SCSI
controllers, EIDE controllers, and video boards under OS/2.
- PFAQ34.ZIP --
Andreas Almroth's Programmer's FAQ for OS/2, which
answers questions about programming under OS/2.
- OS2FNFAQ.ZIP --
Cliff Cullum's OS/2 Font FAQ. Addresses questions about fonts and their use
- TMFAQ24.ZIP --
Christian Scarborough's Team OS/2 FAQ, which tells you what Team OS/2 is,
and what it does.
- OS2D-FGA.ZIP -- The OS2DOS Frequently Given Answers. This is a summary
of most of the frequently given answers from the FIDONET OS2DOS echo,
covering all sorts of issues of running legacy DOS and Windows applica-
tions under OS/2, from "Can I use DOS programs on HPFS?" through to "What
- FIDOCPP.ZIP --
The Highly Unofficial FIDONET OS2DOS C++ Compilers Pros
and Cons list. The developer switching to OS/2 will want this in order
to compare and contrast the main C++ compilers for OS/2 (Borland,
Watcom, IBM, Metaware, EMX) and get further information about toolkits,
DirectToSOM C++, and Developer assistance programs.
Soundcard summary -- I maintain information on sound cards under
OS/2. It is available via my web site. This covers many (but not all)
popular sound cards, and gives tips on driver availability and known
- Unofficial OS/2 Beta FAQ -- A FAQ on beta versions of OS/2 is
available on the web from http://www.students.uiuc.edu/~kwilas/.
This has information about development of future versions of OS/2.
In addition to these FAQs, there are several OS/2-related web sites which may
be of interest to somebody considering purchasing OS/2. These include:
- IBM's main web page. 'Nuff said.
Warp Pharmacy, a site devoted to OS/2 information and troubleshooting.
There are mirrors of this site around the world (this link goes to a North
American site; the original is in Australia).
Berkeley OS/2 User Group's homepage. This has links to other useful
OS/2 web sites, FAQs, etc.
- Henry Rieke's
Ultimate Sound web page, which includes drivers and sound-related utilities.
- IBM Europe's
Device Driver Repository, from which you can download assorted drivers for
OS/2 Warp which don't come with the base OS (either updated or new drivers).
- The Cincinnati
Team OS/2 Update List, which has links to major OS/2 software updates.
- The EDM/2 homepage.
EDM/2 is an online OS/2 developer's magazine containing book and utility
reviews, programming how-to columns, and other material of interest to
- The Indelible Blue
homepage. Indelible Blue is one of the major OS/2 mail-order retailers.
Check this page to see what sort of native OS/2 software is available.
- The OS/2 Forum
has OS/2 information in German.
- Information on OS/2 voicemail programs can be obtained from http://www.he.net/~jubjub/.
Copyright © 1996, Rod Smith, email@example.com
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