Virtual OS/2 International Consumer Education

July 1998


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Interview with an OS/2 User

Now we interview Eugenio Varejao, a teacher in a Forestry School in Portugal. He is in charge of a computer lab for geographic information.

VOICE >What kind of business are you involved in?

Eugenio > Education at the university level, for forestry.

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? Approximately how many pc's are running OS/2 at your site?

Eugenio > OS/2 is used to produce maps with a CAD program Bentley's MicroStation 95 for OS/2, when we need to export these data to Geographical Information System (GIS) the computers are connect in a Peer network with a Windows NT machine, in the same domain. The OS/2 hardware is: Pentium 200, 32Mb and 1Gb, the Windows NT hardware is PP200, 64Mb, 4Gb.

Currently we have 7 OS/2 machines, 1 with NT and 1 running Clix (Intergraph Unix). Now we have an IBM Netfinity 35000 server with OS/2 Warp Server 4 to be the server of the intranet of this lab. We are connect to the Internet, by our university network.

One of the OS/2 computers is very special: is a Cyrix 166, 32Mb, 800Mb+100Mb, and is running a software for DOS to collect data from GPS satellites and is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the last time I saw it the counter is marking 5 months and some hours!

Some students are using the OS/2 computers to receive email and surf the Internet.

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?

Eugenio > I dislike very much windows 3.1 mainly because of the problems caused with printers. At home I use OS/2 since version 2.0 and I like the way it works and I bought books to get more from it. For me this project is important, and my little knowledge of this OS and the need for stability in the work environment.

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?

Eugenio > As I said we use NT and a proprietary unix and we have no problems with this combination.

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

Eugenio > As long as I can have software for it...

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?

Eugenio > Better drivers, maybe a refresh in the GUI perhaps WIN32 fully supported.

VOICE > How have IBM's statements that they are targeting the medium to large business sector affected your work or your decision to continue using OS/2 for this/these task(s)?

Eugenio > Frustrating! But I'll keep using it.

VOICE > If IBM licensed another company to sell the OS/2 client to home/SOHO users, would it affect your usage of OS/2 (would you use more OS/2 clients for your work, etc)? If this company could add features, what features would you like to see added?

Eugenio > YES!

VOICE > Would you be interested in a refreshed version of OS/2 Warp 4.0, that is a new install package that included all fixes and new enhancements as well as new hardware support since the original release?

Eugenio > And yes again

VOICE >Has your business been contacted by IBM about the potential use of Work Space on Demand? Do you see any use for that product in your business?

Eugenio > No! If someone could show me the advantage maybe I can consider it

VOICE > Do you know of any other sites using OS/2 in your industry?

Eugenio > No!


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