Separating OS-2 fact, fiction in order to make LAN plans. (Section 2: Connectivity) (column) Strom, David

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The facts about OS-2 are detailed to facilitate planning for PS-2 and OS-2 local area networks (LANs). OS-2 and the Communications Manager of OS-2 Extended Edition (XE) will run on any non-IBM 286 or 386 machine if the maker licenses OS-2 from Microsoft. OS-2 XE will run on non-IBM 286 clones if an IBM communications adapter is used. The OS-2 Communications Manager does not include a network operating system, but rather is a set of terminal-emulation protocols. Microsoft's OS-2 LAN Manager functions as a network operating system for OS-2. PCs running DOS and PCs running OS-2 can be mixed on a LAN if the server runs LAN Manager. IBM PC LAN can be run on a network of PCs and PS-2s, but the IBM PC Network Protocol Driver must then be used on machines with newer adapters to communicate with machines using older adapters. The PS-2 has only a common serial port as a built-in communications feature. OS-2 Presentation Manager and Windows 2.0 have different applications programming interfaces.
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