Application Software
OS2 Warp Family

Here's a major alternative Operating System that Microsoft illegally tried to crush (in the United States vs. Microsoft antitrust suit, it was revealed that Microsoft prohibited software companies from using Microsoft programming tools to build OS/2 apps, and also forced hardware makers to pay Microsoft a penalizing fee if they installed OS/2 instead of Windows).

Warp was planned as a graphical, multitasking, fully compatible successor to DOS (a "better DOS than DOS"), and in that capacity it succeeded completely. OS/2 was originally a joint programing effort between Microsoft and IBM, and after they split (prompted somewhat by Microsofts unwillingness to further support DOS), core portions of its code was incorporated by Microsoft into their competitor 32-bit OS, WinNT (and its direct successor, Windows 2000).

The Warp family of IBM PC operating systems began with OS/2 version 3. To encourage usage, IBM once gave away Warp 4 for free, and the Australian Personal Computer magazine even bundled a Warp 4 CD along with its July 2000 issue. The stability of the software can be extremely high, and mission critical business applications such as bank ATMs, supermarket checkouts and subway ticketing machines, still rely on Warp to get the job done.

NOTE: With the exception of a few DOS utilities that perform low-level manipulation of the file system, DOS software will run correctly with Warp.


OS/2 Warp (version 4.0) - abandoned commercial giveaway version

About .txt
Install .zip
OS2WARP4 .ISO
OS2DDPAK .ISO
OS2_Installation_Guide .pdf

Note: Lack of recent vendor driver support limits this OS to installation on computers utilizing older hardware design. For example, the unmodified installation floppy disk images will not allow Warp to be installed on a hard drive partition greater than 4GB (a FAT limitation).


Warp Application Software

VNC remote connectivity

SERVER = PMVNC (ver 1.02) - Freeware

About .txt
pmvnc_1-02_bin .zip

CLIENT = PM VNC Viewer (ver 1.04) - Freeware

About .txt
pmvnc104_ow .zip

Cross-platform Scripting - (DOS, Windows, BeOS, etc.)

Regina Rexx Interpreter (ver 3.9.0) - Freeware

About .txt
regina390os2 .zip

Assembly language Compiling

NASM (ver 2.09.09) - Freeware

About .txt
NASM .zip

Modern Web Browsing

QupZilla (ver 1.4.3) - Freeware

About .txt
QupZilla .zip

A comprehensive archive of OS/2 software can be found at Hobbes