Virtual OS/2 International Consumer Education

June 1998


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Interview with an OS/2 User

This month VOICE interviews a couple of OS/2 users One a SOHO business user and the other an educator/consultant. First up to the plate is Robt. Miller, humble computer technician and business owner.

VOICE> What kind of business are you involved in?

Robt. Miller> Consulting - Novell networks and any clients.

VOICE> Can you please describe your current use of OS/2 in your workplace? What kind of hardware and software are you using for OS/2?

Robt. Miller> OS/2 is on my main computer: two nics, one to the cablemodem, the other for my LAN. The OS/2 machine provides proxy web access, an FTP daemon, two talk daemons, a telnet daemon, time updates every 2 hours, hosts 4 web pages, real-time weather charts and forecasts, and generally about 20 other smaller utilities. Currently using a 120mhz clone with 64mb ram and 4gb drive space.

VOICE> How did you decide to use OS/2? What features were considered important for this project(s)? What previous experience was there with OS/2 and other operating systems?

Robt. Miller> I had been looking for a program that could multitask and somebody suggested OS/2 2.0 while it was in beta. I had been using Software Carousel until then but had tried VM/386, Unix, Windows, PcMos but none of them could do what I needed.

VOICE > What other operating systems if any were under consideration or are used for your business? If you use OS/2 in conjunction with other OSes in any form of a network, how well does OS/2 work with these other systems?

Robt. Miller> OS/2 integrates very well with my NetWare 4.1 server and a peer Windoze notebook. I put Win on the notebook 'cause most of my customers use it, otherwise I'd still be running OS/2 on it.

VOICE > Do you foresee continued/increasing use of OS/2 in this fashion?

Robt. Miller> Yes. I have NT on a partition and never use it - too slow and the interface is limiting if not maddening.

VOICE > Are there any changes that you would like to see to OS/2 that would facilitate your continued use or expanded use of OS/2?

Robt. Miller> I'd like to see IBM become interested in it or sell it. Other than being held back by IBM it's a nearly perfect product.


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