Re: [midatlanticretro] about later 80's software (OT?)
I need to read the list more often.
In one of those ironies of the world of computers, OS/2 was considered
by some to be an "open" product. This was in contrast to Novell Netware
which was "proprietary". OS/2 was "open" (always in quotes) because it
was available from multiple vendors which somehow made it a "standard".
I wanted General Foods to adopt Netware as the company-sponsored LAN
because it was the defacto LAN standard of the day. My opinion carried
little weight and we adopted IBM LAN Server as the company LAN. We were,
after all an IBM shop. GF tried to wait for someone to produce a "pure"
ISO-based network and when DEC actually did that (DECNet 5) we couldn't
buy it because of an anti-DEC bias. Company politics can sure be fun.
OS/2 was available from Microsoft (LAN Manager), IBM (LAN Server) and
3COM (3+Open). Each version was different and incompatible in subtle
ways. Naturally the 3COM product was based on true Ethernet (XNS) rather
than the IEEE 802.3 version we all came to know and love. IBM wanted you
to use Token Ring but also supported most flavors of Ethernet. The
Microsoft product was sold OEM by the hardware manufacturers so it
supported whatever Compaq gave you.
The technology upon which the better known LANMAN and LAN Server was
based came from 3COM 3+Share. The deal between 3COM and Microsoft was
what cost Bob Metcalf his job at the company he founded. 3COM 3+Open is
quite rare. If I ever find copies, I have a 3COM 3Station disk-less
workstation to run it on.
B Degnan wrote:
> Jim Scheef wrote:
>> One of my many inactive projects is to build a pure OS/2 network. I
>> don't have a copy of Ms LANMAN yet but I do have copies of the IBM
>> versions. Hopefully I can run it all in emulation to save space on
>> hardware. Fun, eh?
>> If anyone has the 3COM version of OS/2, I would really appreciate a copy.
> You mean the 3COM drivers or was there a special OS/2 OEM for 3COM?
> What version of OS/2?