Virtual OS/2 International Consumer Education

November 1998

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Interview with an OS/2 User

Our next interview is with Lorin L. Cranford,who is a professor of religious studies at a church related university, Gardner-Webb University, in western NC. He has taught graduate school students in theology for 23+ years in Texas before moving to NC last January.

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?

Lorin > I have been an avid OS/2 fan since version 2.0. Am currently running 4.0 on a 66Mhz 486 machine. My wife uses 3.0 on a similar 486 machine.

I use the Lotus Smart Suite software, along with early versions of Adobe Pagemaker before the poison pill 386 kernal problem prevented updates. Also used are earlier versions of OmniPage Pro and OmniForm with a HP scanjet. The academic side involves the use of a number of DOS and Win 3.x programs, e.g., Nota Bene word processing, which perform much better under WARP 4.0 than either windows or PC-DOS 7.0.

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?

Lorin > The multitasking feature of OS/2 was a significant early attraction for me. At the university office the school requires the use of Win 95 under a NT network system. Having taught master's level courses on the use of computers in vocational Christian ministry, I have had to learn much more about MS systems than I care to know.

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?

Lorin > Interestingly, the 486 computer w. WARP 4.0 performs better and at the same spell level of the unversity 233 Mhz Pentium computer running under Win 95 in the NT network. I typically lock up the university computer four to five times daily, primarily because of memory caching, while the WARP 4.0 locks up maybe one a week.

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

Lorin > I certainly hope to continue using the OS/2 system on my personal systems, although the lack of support for a wide range of software creates enormous difficulties. This factor has created a growing interest in the Linux OS as a possible supplemental OS if IBM continues its very mediocre support of WARP for end-users.

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?

Lorin > The enormous help for me with OS/2 would be to see the expansion of WIN/OS2 to be able to efficiently run the Win 9x based software inside a true 32 bit OS/2 environment.

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)?
Lorin > It has made me very cautious about being too dependent on the OS/2 system for the future as an end-user.

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?

Lorin > Assuming the new owner was seriously committed to the OS/2 client, I would see this as one of the best possible actions to insure the future of OS/2 for users like me.

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 harware support since the original release or a new client based on Aurora?

Lorin > Extremely interested.

VOCIE > 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?

Lorin > No. The university would have little interest in switching from BSware.

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

Lorin > Not at our school.

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