The Future of OS/2

Chapter:Chapter 01 – What is an Operating System and Why is it Important?
Subsection: 02. What is OS/2 Warp?
Document Number:06
Topic: The Future of OS/2
Date Composed: 06-28-97 10:58:11 AM Date Modified: 10-18-98 07:36:49 PM

IBM has stated that it will continue to develop and promote OS/2 for at least the next ten years. The future development of OS/2 Warp has been laid out by IBM for the next five years. Here is what I know and can tell.


IBM views Java as a way to make application programs independent of the operating system on which they run. Because of Java’s pivotal role in the next few years, IBM is spending large amounts of money on Java development. The language itself, programming tools, and Java applications are all being developed.

Additional Hardware Support

IBM recognizes the need for more hardware device drivers for OS/2 and has committed significant money and development resource to creating additional hardware drivers over the next five years, which is as far as the plan goes for now.

Warp Server (Aurora) – 1999

This new version of Warp Server (Code name Aurora) called Warp Server for e-business, will become available in early 1999. It will have a number of new and very interesting features.

  • Full Y2K compliance out of the box. Previous versions of Warp are Y2K compliant after installation of fixpacks.
  • Support for Eurocurrency.
  • A graphical interface for defining and managing National Language Support (NLS) Locales. A Locale is usually a country.
  • Netscape Communicator 4.04.
  • Lotus Domino Go Server for hosting web sites.
  • WebSphere Application Server 1.1.
  • NT Server Management. This will allow management of NT domains and servers from an OS/2 system including the ability to keep OS/2 and NT accounts synchronized. Users will be able to log on once and have access to both OS/2 and NT server resources.
  • I2O support. Intelligent I/O means that so long as a device supports I2O there will be no need to wait for the vendor to provide an OS/2 version of the device driver.
  • SMP support.
  • Network File System (NFS) for sharing files across networks.
  • Logical Volume Management will allow users to create logical volumes that are not location dependent. For example a user can create a D: drive and weeks or months later move it to a different physical hard drive and still refer to it as D:. LVM also allows logical volumes to span multiple physical disk drives and gives users the ability to expand the size of a logical volume on the fly – without rebooting the system.
  • The Journaling File System (JFS) provides faster performance, higher disk capacity, improved scalability, and faster recoverability.

Warp Server for e-business uses the object oriented user interface (OOUI) of Warp 4 for its user interface.