I never had any actual hands on use with OS/2, but remember being intrigued by it — IBM’s OS/2 operating system.

To this day, the two features that stick in my head with OS/2 was the fact that it could truly multi-task and could virtualize Windows. Sure, these are both commonplace and expected in modern day operating systems, but in a much earlier era of the personal computer, neither were.

It actually makes me quick nostalgic to think about computers and my computer experiences during those times — BBS’s, ANSI art and lots and lots of floppy discs to install a given application.

Regardless, the article below is a great writeup on the Microsoft/IBM partnership and the growth, hubris and mistakes made with their operating systems.

Half an Operating System: The Triumph and Tragedy of OS/2

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