The History of OS/2
I have started using OS/2 in 1995 and was curious to find out what OS/2
looked like before that. There are already several web pages/sites
to the history of OS/2 but none of them quite satisfied me. So I
digging on my own, reading old books and magazine articles, searching
information on the Internet and last but not least managed to install
of the previous versions of OS/2. The results of my efforts are
The information is split into several sections. Most of this
has been originally published in the OS/2 VOICE Newsletter, although
pages contain several additions and corrections.
Not strictly OS/2 history, but closely related:
- OS/2 1.0 - The Beginnings. How
was developed and what was before.
- OS/2 1.1 and 1.2 - The Early
first versions of OS/2 with a GUI.
- OS/2 1.3 - Ten Years Ago. The
16-bit version of OS/2.
- OS/2 EE - The Server. Enterprise
in OS/2 1.x era.
- OS/2 2.0 - The 32-bit
32-bit version of OS/2.
- OS/2 2.1 and 2.11 - The Solid
With 2.11 32-bit OS/2 reached maturity.
- OS/2 Warp - The Golden Years.
successful version of OS/2.
- OS/2 for PowerPC - The PowerPC
Adventure. Least widely used version of OS/2.
The more important releases in OS/2 are summarized in this timeline.
- Why OS/2 Failed - Reflection
on the reasons why OS/2 ultimately failed, 20th Anniversary Edition.
- Running OS/2 in a VM - A brief
review of OS/2 support in various virtual machine solutions.
I'm not sure if I will write anything about Warp 4 (or newer
because they are still widely used, i.e. not really history. Maybe I
if there's sufficient interest.
I would like to create another page on beta versions of OS/2 but I'd
like to get MS OS/2 2.0 beta from 1989 or 1990 first. If you know where
I could get a copy, please let me
know! I can be reached via e-mail, my address is mnecasek at yahoo dot
Here can be found a list of
in my little OS/2 museum. Descriptions only, no pictures yet - apart
the screenhots in the above articles of course.