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Topic: Native MMA FrontEnd for OS/2 eventually ?!
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Paul A. Rubin

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Re: Native MMA FrontEnd for OS/2 eventually ?!
Posted: Sep 20, 1996 12:52 AM
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In article <508nsf$dp2@dragonfly.wolfram.com>,
sad@utkux.utcc.utk.edu (Deutscher) wrote:
->
->Hi,
-> I was wondering whether I am the only one who is upset by Wolfram
->Research's aparent inability (or ignorance) to produce a native OS/2
->FrontEnd for Mathematica.

Not hardly!
->
->As is, MMA/2 is quite stable and nice but the Frontend looks like
->written by a summer student.
->
[snip]
->
->* The notebook interface is still only available through the Windoze
-> version, i.e. one has to have either the OS/2 Win-OS2 subsystem
-> installed (which comes with some versions of OS/2) or real MS Windows,
-> and then one has to start the kernel as OS/2 process, Windows, the
-> Windows Frontend, and have the two communicate through tcp/ip with each
-> other. While it is nice that this is possible it is absolutely
-> rediculous to require Windows and tcp/ip support to be installed to use
-> all the features of MMA/2 -- on a notebook with limited HD and memory,
-> e.g., this can be next to impratical.

Could be worse. On my system (Pentium 90, red spine version), there was
about a 7 second delay between starting an evaluation and getting a result,
in addition to the actual kernel execution time for the cell. I assume
that some quirk in the TCP/IP interface was to blame, or possibly a setting
in WIN-OS2, but it beats me what. I had to replace my hard disk and reload
Warp, and I haven't bothered to reinstall Mma/2 - if I absolutely need to
run it, I'll reboot in DOS/Windows. Do any of the other computer algebra
packages have native OS/2 versions?

-- Paul

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