In a message from this newsgroup, Janne Pietarila asks:
Ij> I understand that that if I had no need to run Windows
Ij> programs, OS/2 For Windows would be the ideal solution. However,
Ij> I need to run Mathematica in Windows (hope that OS/2 version comes
Ij> soon...). IBM has told me that there are no differencies between
Ij> OS/2.1 and OS/2 For Windows. Is that true? Which of them is
Ij> cheaper to upgrade to future versions of OS/2. And how about
Ij> installing - is another easier to install than another?
Well, it all depends on what you already have on your system, and what
you want to do. I've been running OS/2 for Windows for over a month
now with no functional differences from OS/2 2.1GA. Here are the few
1) OS/2 For Windows is cheaper, because it has no windows code
included in the system.
2) in order to run Windows software, you need Windows installed on
your machine before you install OS/2 For Windows. OS/2 2.1GA has
windows code built in, so there is no need to have Windows 3.1
3) If you already have Windows on your system, OS/2 for Windows is a
lot easier to install. If you don't have Windows 3.1, OS/2 2.1GA is
easier to install.
4) As for upgrading, OS/2 for Windows requires its own Service Pack to
be upgraded to OS/2 2.11, which is really not a bad thing. This
way IBM can hopefully work out some of the problems with the
current CSD before it is released, so we OS/2 for Windows users
don't have to worry about having those problems ourselves. [grin]
Other than that, both versions are functionaly the same. You don't
HAVE to have Windows 3.1 to install OS/2 for Windows - but if you don't
you'll only be able to run OS/2 and DOS software.
From what you explained of your setup (you didn't mention if you had
Windows...I assume you don't), OS/2 GA would be the best way for you to
go. Of course, if you have Windows on your machine already, save
yourself some money and install the OS/2 for Windows package. Later!
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