What can I do to promote OS/2 Warp?
OS/2 Warp is selling well, but there are steps you can take to assure that
hardware devices and software will be available for OS/2 Warp in the
future. Customer requests do matter.
Politely, firmly, and repeatedly request driver support from printer,
video adapter, and other hardware manufacturers.
When you receive a mailing for DOS/Windows software with a postpaid
envelope, return the order form marked "Please send information on your
native OS/2 Warp version."
Start a user group at your location. Contact Gene Barlow or
Richard Woolsey at IBM (phone
214-402-6456) or mail
for assistance. Think about how you can publicize your user
group. For instance, most local newspapers and television
stations will print/broadcast meeting announcements for free. Your
local cable television company will be happy to broadcast a videotape
of your meeting on the public access channel.
Correspond with members of the computer trade press. Ask for reviews of
OS/2 Warp software, hardware compatibility testing with OS/2 Warp, OS/2
Warp benchmarking, etc. Respond politely but forcefully to press you think
unfair; praise good reporting.
When you purchase a new system, ask the vendor to install OS/2 Warp, and
to offer credit for dropping DOS and Windows. If the vendor refuses,
you may wish to take your business
elsewhere. Compaq, Everex,
AST, Northgate, Toshiba, Vobis, Escom, Osbourne, Patriot, CompuAdd,
ALR, Unisys, Dell, Tangent, IBM, Ariel Design, and others all offer systems
with OS/2 Warp preloaded.
Make sure your company (or yourself) specifies OS/2 Warp compatibility when
purchasing new products.
Demonstrate OS/2 Warp to friends, relatives, and associates.
Ask your computer store to stock OS/2 Warp software titles, have OS/2 Warp
demonstration machines, etc.
Pass along useful OS/2 Warp shareware and freeware to your local BBS. Be
sure to register OS/2 Warp shareware.
Write an outstanding piece of shareware or freeware [see (4.5)
Technical Support for
details on joining DAP]. IBM has been known to recognize such work with
rewards. Also, ask authors of DOS/Windows shareware and freeware if
they would port to OS/2 Warp, or volunteer.
Recommend products that work well under OS/2 Warp; dissuade people from
purchasing products that do not.
Wear OS/2 Warp pins, shirts, buttons, and other souvenirs. Contact the
Lees/Keystone OS/2 Warp Merchandise Center (phone 914-273-6755 or FAX
914-273-9187) or the IBM OS/2 Warp
Hotline (phone 800-3-IBM-OS2) to order such items.
Join Team OS/2, an international organization of
volunteers who are OS/2 Warp enthusiasts and are actively sharing their
knowledge and enthusiasm with others. These activities include
supporting OS/2 Warp user groups, running OS/2 Warp BBSes and online
conferences, demonstrating OS/2 Warp at retail stores and other
public places, encouraging and helping others to install OS/2 Warp,
answering OS/2 Warp questions, and much more. Membership is
not limited to IBM employees. For information
on Team OS/2 events you should
monitor the TEAMOS2 echomail conference on your local FidoNet
BBS. If your local BBS does not carry TEAMOS2, ask your
system operator to get it. See (4.11) OS/2
Warp BBSes for the names and numbers of several BBSes
which carry TEAMOS2. To join Team OS/2, send your name, address(es),
and telephone number to Vicci Conway
or FAX 407-982-1229). Include
information on your activities to date and a one line description
of yourself for the public Team OS/2 list.
(3.2) Shareware and Freeware Sources
(4.5) Technical Support
(4.11) OS/2 Warp BBSes
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