• OS/2

    From John Kelly@2:362/6 to Jeff Binkley on Thu Jan 30 01:40:00 2014
    Warp 3 Connect, under VMworkstation with SIO. It took me the better
    part of 8 hours to get OS/2 to load and run under VMworkstation

    I couldn't get WARP 4 installed on VMware workstation. Sometime during
    the install all screen and disk activity stopped. After 10 minutes of no progress, I gave up.

    Virtual PC 2004 worked though. Done in less than an hour. I suppose VPC
    2007 would work too. Changing floppy images and ISOs during the initial
    stages of install is easy with VPC; VMware is clumsy in comparision.

    I find that MCP2 has problems connecting to a WinXP share; it's very
    slow to connect, and once you disconnect it fails to reconnect without rebooting. The peer networking in WARP 4 does not have that problem.
    Connects and reconnects just fine. Quick too.

    So I mixed and matched (reboot after each step):

    a) install MCP2 without networking (you are forced to install at least
    MPTS, just do it with no adapter)

    b) remove MPTS

    c) install MPTS from WARP 4 (find the \CID\IMG directory on the CDROM),
    with your adapter of choice and only one protocol, TCP; do NOT configure
    TCP when prompted, just exit and reboot.

    d) install TCPAPPS from WARP 4 CD. Now you can configure TCP settings.

    e) go back into MPTS and add NetBIOS over TCP protocol.

    f) install peer networking from WARP 4 CD (IBMPEER/PEERRMT.EXE).

    g) apply fixpak: TCP/IP For OS/2 V3.1 & V4.0 Universal FixPak UN_0980

    h) DO NOT apply MPTS upgrade 8423/8425, it killed my outbound transfer
    speed. 8400 is fast, leave well enough alone.

    Now what you end up with is MCP2 running the older 16-bit TCP stack; you
    could upgrade to MPTS 8610/8621 if you really want the 32-bit stack, but
    why? The 16-bit stack is just as fast in my performance tests. You can't upgrade to the TCP apps from MCP2, because that will reinstall the MPTS
    we deleted in step b), and there goes your peer networking.

    Note, TCP comes in two pieces: the TCP protocol stack is part of MPTS,
    while the apps are a separate package. It was all very confusing until I understood that.

    So again, you can upgrade to the 32-bit protocol stack (MPTS 8610) if
    you feel that you must, but beware of compatibility between the 32-bit
    protocol stack and the old 16-bit TCP apps; see all the readme's for
    details. And remember, do NOT install the 32-bit TCP apps from MCP2, it "upgrades" MPTS to the broken version.

    Have fun ...

    --- PCBoard (R) v15.4/M 250 Beta
    * Origin: Torres Vedras - Portugal (2:362/6)
  • From John Kelly@2:362/6 to All on Mon Dec 15 21:35:00 2014
    My 640k thread has become an OS/2 thread, so here I reboot it with an
    accurate name.

    I'm not opposed to OS/2. It's interesting to play with, to see what it
    can do. But it's not a religion. I won't defend it at all costs, truth
    be damned. Proselytizing may be tolerable when truthful, but misleading enthusiasm that conceals the facts, is not.

    Installing OS/2 is not an easy task for a typical computer user. That's
    one reason why there are so few users of OS/2. Users who can install it
    have technical skill above average.

    I'm willing to dicusss facts about OS/2. Such as network performance. I
    have one box where I can boot Windows 3.1 or OS/2 Warp 4. Both have
    Netware Client installed, and connect to a Netware 5.1 server. Both run
    on the exact same hardware.

    I login to the Netware server and change to a directory containing the
    PCBoard source code. I start a compile of the \lib source and time it.
    The compiler runs on the client, the files are on the server. It's a
    good benchmark of file serving performance.

    On Windows 3.1, the compile takes 10 seconds. On OS/2, 36 seconds. The
    Netware Client for OS/2 is slow in comparison to DOS/Windows. It may be Novell's fault, and not IBM's. But it's true, and makes OS/2 look bad.

    --- PCBoard (R) v15.4/M 250 Beta
    * Origin: Torres Vedras - Portugal (2:362/6)