Pleasant Surprises for OS/2 Users
I decided to build a PC to run OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business. These
are the things I found to be easier than I thought.
I chose ASUS-99 mainboard which included an onboard AGP graphics chip.
There were OS/2 drivers on the CD that came with the mother board. OS/2
worked with the provided drivers, even at 1280 x 1024 x 24. The graphics
performance is adequate, considering this a server. This mainboard, and
the Intel Celeron 400 CPU are very low cost, $142.
I bought the Danpex 10/100 PCI ethernet card for $18, and OS/2 drivers
were on the floppy disk that came with the card. I haven't tried more than
one of these, but the documentation claims it will work. Once again, the
cheapest available hardware has OS/2 support.
I bought a Yamaha 4416E IDE CD-RW for $199 and RSJ software for $178
digital delivery from Indelible Blue. I took the list of RSJ supported
CD-RW drives to the store with me. There were a lot of CD-RW drives at
Fry's that were supported. This time OS/2 cost is much higher, due to
the cost of RSJ software. Still, RSJ allows the choice of some of the
cheapest available hardware.
I bought a CyberPower Power99 battery backup for $70. I plugged the
serial cable into the server, and the OS/2 software works -- shutting down
the service, warning the workstations on the network and shutting down
only after the battery has run down.
I bought a PCI sound card from Indelible Blue for $27, and it worked.
The OS/2 drivers had to be downloaded, but the link to the drivers was
right on the Indelible Blue web site.
IBM DevCon comes with OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business, OS/2 Warp 4,
and a TCP/IP 4.2.1 upgrade for the client which includes nfs. I tried
it using the WSeB for the server and my Warp 4 machine as the client,
and it works pretty well.
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