[TUHS] MS-DOS

Nemo cym224 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 3 23:33:58 AEST 2016


On 2 July 2016 at 21:18, Steve Nickolas <usotsuki at buric.co> wrote:
> On Sat, 2 Jul 2016, Nemo wrote:
[...]
>> The MKS Toolkit for OS/2 along with gcc+emx gave a second-order
>> approximation.  (And Warp Connect had 'Net tools, even remote logins
>> with the former.)
>>
>> N.
>
> EMX is either the DJGPP/MinGW or the Cygwin of the OS/2 world, right?

EMX was the massive undertaking by Eberhard Mattes (then at Stuttgart) to
port UNIX stuff to DOS and then OS/2.  Besides gcc, he also ported (La)TeX,
called emtex.  emacs, and a bunch of GNU stuff.   Except for the file system
restrictions, one could have first-order approximation to UNIX;  later OS/2 file
systems had the option of case-sensitivity and an actual OS, hence a
second-order approximation.  I wrote a lot of stuff at home for compilation on
the dep't Sun.  (By the way, a reasonable OS/2 history may be found here:
http://www.os2museum.com)

Now my two favourite desk boxes are a G5 and an SB2500.

N.


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