From: "Thomas Mueller" <>

> Thomas Mueller composed on 2017-04-25 02:07 (UTC):

> > I ran Quattro Pro through 5 in OS/2 Warp 3 and 4 until that final OS/2
> > in the single-digit days of April 2001.

> > OS/2 froze, did not dismount cleanly.  On reboot, CHKDSK, run
> > ran amok and trashed my hard-disk data.

> OS/2 needed the upgrade to MCP that eCS incorporated, and Dani's 506, DASD
> ATAPI drivers to run on hardware that wasn't perfectly sync'd up to that in
> PC hardware IBM was selling, or even when it did.

> > I was never again able to boot OS/2 again even from installation or other
> > floppies: trap 000c or 000e.

> > OS/2 must have panicked at the state of the hard drive(s), while Linux
> > starter floppy booted, and Linux fdisk was runnable.

> I never liked the OS/2, Warp or eCS installers, though the CD versions were
> are far less frustrating. I eventually found installation infrequently
> necessary. Once the SDD/Snap video drivers arrived, I found migrating a
> disk or a clone thereof from one PC to another to be much easier. I stuck to
> always having OS/2 on an F: partition both before and after LVM came on the
> scene, only installing to any other letter on a test basis.

> > I used DR-DOS 7.03 for some years.

> > I can still run Quattro Pro 5 for DOS in FreeDOS, or FreeBSD, NetBSD or
> > with DOSBox.

> > Now I see how eComStation has greatly fallen behind, and FreeBSD and NetBSD
> > now seem to have much better hardware support than eComStation.

> > I can even rsync a FreeBSD or NetBSD installation to USB stick and make it
> > bootable.  I don't think you can do that with eComStation.
> I keep several PCs competent to run the eCS version I use simply by
> a HD with eCS on F: into it. I was never able to figure out how to make any
> the non-OS/2 DOS emulators do SVGA text modes, required to produce the 132
> column text modes that make QPro so valuable to me.

> eCS works much better than DesqView and QEMM ever did with "large" file I/O,
> which is truly dismal in any DOS I ever seriously tried. And of course, eCS
> useful for other things. QPro is one of those apps where the better DOS than
> objective of OS/2 really shines.

> eCS has a replacement "Blue Lion" coming online soon. Final beta was supposed
> happen today or yesterday:


> "The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
> words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

>  Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!

> Felix Miata  ***

I went to, but some information was missing, such as GPT
support and 64-bit support.

It looks like any one of NetBSD, FreeBSD and Linux would do better, and easier
to get around in.

I had difficulties with the OS/2 installers.  In the case of Warp 4, an Iomega
Zip drive showed with two different, consecutive letters, making it difficult
to find the proper drive letters.

I used 3D (.WQ2) with Quattro Pro.  What if you have data for each month of the
year?  Third dimension is 12 deep.

There is also open-source spreadsheet Teapot at

Latest version is 2.3.0 (2012-02-06).

DOS and OS/2 FDISK led me to believe, erroneously, that a hard drive could have
only one primary partition, in addition to logical partitions.

Linux fdisk taught me better.


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