operating system integrity (coming from Nuke Redmond)

From: THETechnoid_at_home.com <(THETechnoid_at_home.com)>
Date: Mon Jan 15 19:35:24 2001

There are a couple of free TCP/IP stacks for OS/2, but I'm not sure if
they provide the protocol transport and hardware interfaces.

If you have a copy of any other OS/2 that includes networking by default
(ie Warp connect, warp 4 etcetera), you can install MPTS and all other
products moraly if not legaly. I don't know the legal issues well enough
and don't really care. To me, if it is moral then it is fine whatever
licensing might say. I wouldn't deploy a system I had doubts about, but
in my home I will use what I like as I see fit.

I've grafted HPFS386 onto my warp machine because I own it via warp
server. I don't want to run the server product because it doesn't perform
as a desktop operating system as well as the desktop version does. Since
I'm not running the server os, I feel justified in grafting this excellent
filesystem upgrade onto my copy of EcomStation. I'm sure IBM wouldn't
care, and no court in the world would convict me for it though MS would
probably like to harm me for doing so.

Experimentaly, I've grafted TCP/IP and PPP onto OS/2 version 2.11 from my
warp connect Bonus Pack cd. It works well, but is probably not 'legal' in
the strict sense of the word......even though I own both. Another option
might be TCP/IP from the Bonus Pack and the Novell Netware client for OS/2
which, if MPTS is not installed will provide it's own transport.

MPTS has been called several things but stands for "Multi-Protocol
Transport Services" and provides the basis of OS/2 networking.

What people see as being OS/2 is actually a 'bundle' of separate products
which were once sold separately.

There is the OS/2 operating system, the workplace shell, the MPTS product,
the TCP/IP product, and the multimedia product to name a few. This
modular approach is one thing that makes OS/2 so scaleable. Like Linux and
BSD and unlike any Windos product, you don't NEED the GUI to have a useful
machine. Without the GUI, a 4mb 386sx with a small hard drive can be made
to perform useful work with good performance. There are also several
alternate GUI's provided that are not as processor intensive as the
Workplace Shell/Presentation Manager product. With OS/2 2.0, 2.1, and
2.11, there was even an alternate GUI that gave OS/2 a Windows 3.x look
and feel. Just like changing the Windows 9x gui to Progman.exe by editing
System.ini will give 9x a 3.x look and feel. Under 9x, you can also
"Start, Run, Progman".

I've found this facility in 9x to be useful in helping customers bridge
thier 3x experience to 9x. The worst of both worlds. <Grin>



In <200101151936.f0FJa3t13150_at_bg-tc-ppp790.monmouth.com>, on 01/15/01
   at 08:35 PM, Bill Pechter <pechter_at_pechter.dyndns.org> said:

>Yup... It doesn't detect nics because it doesn't include the MPTN stuff
>and LAN drivers.

>How do you get warp (not connect) to ethernet without violating either
>IBM's MPTN (or is it MPTS) licenses.

>I'd love to find a "legal" way without Warp Connect, TCP/IP or Netware
>for OS/2 which have the necessary NDIS ethernet hooks...


>(who owns 2 copies of Warp, 1 of Warp4)

Jeffrey S. Worley
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