IBM REXX Family

   IBM PC DOS Version 7

 
 

February 28, 1995
Announcement Number 295-074

Abstract

IN BRIEF...

PC DOC V7 is the best, industry-standard DOS for new and upgrade DOS/Windows users. Features include:

  • Easy install and upgrades from any DOS Version 3.3, or later
  • Increased memory for applications
  • Integrated Stacker** 4.0 compression breaks the 2:1 barrier for disk optimization
  • IBM AntiVirus protection for over 2,100 viruses
    To subscribe for updates, call IBM AntiVirus Services at 800-742-2493.
  • Online command reference and Help information
  • Enhancements to PC DOS best-of-breed, full-function utilities including:
    • Central Point's Backup Utility
    • Phoenix Technology Laboratory's PCMCIA support
    • RAMBoost Memory Optimizer
  • REXX programming language support
  • PC DOS File Update automatically synchronizes files between two systems
  • Support for docking stations
  • E Editor with math and mouse support and enhanced user interface
  • Scheduler lets you schedule any DOS program or batch file for unattended use
  • Undelete recovers previously deleted files

IBM PC DOS Version 7 further enhances IBM's line of award-winning operating systems with improved usability, memory optimization, full-function utilities, and new hardware support.

PC DOS Version 7 requires less conventional memory than DOS 6.X versions for comparable function. By employing a variety of memory reduction techniques, more conventional memory is available for user applications and industry-standard compatibility is maintained.

IBM AntiVirus protects your data with superior integrated virus detection software. This software provides protection for over 2,100 viruses with one of the smallest memory footprints in the industry.

PC DOS Version 7 incorporates the latest technology in our full-function DOS and Windows+ utilities:

  • Central Point's Backup Utility
  • Phoenix Technologies Laboratory's PCMCIA support
  • RAMBoost Memory Optimizer

PC DOS REXX, a high-level programming language, is powerful, easy-to-use and portable across many operating systems. PC DOS REXX includes standard and advanced functions, BAT file commands, and arithmetic operations.

Maximum disk compression with Stacker 4.0. Stac Electronics Stacker** 4.0 advanced disk compression technology gives you the highest compression ratio and most free disk space possible. You can upgrade from prior disk compression technologies such as MS-DOS DoubleSpace/DriveSpace, PC DOS SuperStor/DS, and earlier versions of Stacker. This support is designed to use little conventional memory.

Help when you need it. A comprehensive online help system gives you hypertext links, search capability, and easy access to index, contents, and print functions.

PC DOS File Update keeps your work files current. This new utility automatically updates files between two personal computers so you can easily synchronize files between your mobile and desktop computer or vice versa.

New docking station support for mobile users helps you define a specific command or batch file to execute automatically each time you dock or undock.

Easy editing of one or more files is at your fingertips with the improved E Editor. With complete mouse and pull-down menu support, editing is easier than ever. Other new features include browse mode, enhanced delete recovery, enhanced math and search support, and REXX autosyntax support.

One-Time Charge: $127 (base; upgrades are $77)

Availability Date: February 28, 1995

+ Trademark of Microsoft Corporation
** Company, product, or service name may be a trademark or service mark of others.

REDUCED MEMORY REQUIREMENTS

When less memory is used by DOS, more memory is available for the user's applications. This means the user can use larger or more applications than may otherwise have been possible. It also means that applications will have more memory available to use as buffers, which, in some cases, allows the application to run faster.

ANTIVIRUS PROTECTION

IBM AntiVirus provides protection from major categories of viruses including:

  • Armored
  • Boot manager
  • Boot sector
  • Companion
  • File infectors
  • Overwriting
  • Polymorphic
  • Stealth
  • Tunneling

This support substantially reduces the risk of system failures that might be caused through the use of electronic bulletin boards and data sharing. Viruses can be detected and neutralized without damaging the user's data files or applications.

As an added benefit, this superb protection requires very little conventional memory.

FULL-FUNCTION DOS AND WINDOWS UTILITIES

PC DOS Version 7 includes an update to many of its best-known utilities (besides IBM AntiVirus) and the addition of new utilities.

The following utilities are enhanced:

  • Central Point Backup
  • Phoenix Technologies PCMCIA card and socket services
  • IBM's E Editor
  • RAMBoost Memory Optimizer

The new utilities in PC DOS Version 7 are:

  • Disk compression utility
  • Stacker 4.0
  • PC DOS File Update

Like its predecessor, PC DOS Version 7 contains a wide assortment of full-function utilities to handle many common tasks. The inclusion of these utilities may eliminate or significantly reduce the need for users to supplement their system software with additional tools. These utilities are included in PC DOS Version 7:

  • IBM AntiVirus
  • Central Point Backup for saving data to diskettes or tapes
  • Central Point Scheduler for scheduling programs to run day or night
  • Phoenix Technologies PCMCIA card and socket services to provide full-screen tools for using PCMCIA hardware technology
  • Stacker 4.0 Compression to maximize the amount of data that can be stored on the system hard disk
  • RAMBoost Memory Optimizer to minimize the amount of conventional memory used by DOS and its support software
  • PC DOS File Update to provide support for the synchronization of files between two systems
  • E Editor to allow the modification of one or more files including larger files than previously supported
  • PenDOS** Support to allow the replacement of your mouse with a pen device used by pen application. This support also includes limited handwriting recognition.

Note: To use Windows-based applications, games, and utilities, you must have Windows 3.1, or later, installed on the system.

PC DOS REXX

PC DOS REXX support provides a simple yet powerful tool for writing programs to perform unique but commonly performed tasks. This support eliminates the need for users to separately purchase a programming language to build simple programs.

PUBLICATIONS

The following publications are available. To order, contact your IBM representative or IBM Authorized Personal Computer Dealer.

                                   Order                Part
Title                              Number               Number

PC DOS User's Guide S83G-9260 83G9260 PC DOS Command Reference and Error Messages S83G-9309 83G9309 PC DOS REXX User's Guide and Command Reference S83G-9228 83G9228 PC DOS Keyboards and Code Pages S83G-9310 83G9310 PC DOS 7 Technical Update* GG24-4459 + * Includes an online Technical Reference viewable under the PC DOS Viewer (included in shipment of PC DOS Version 7). + The PC DOS 7 Technical Update is not available through IBM Fulfillment.

The PC DOS Command Reference is included as online documentation shipped with PC DOS Version 7. The printed copy of the Command Reference can be ordered from your dealer or IBM representative, or by calling 800-472-4772.

Displayable Softcopy Publications: The PC DOS Command Reference and Error Messages and REXX Reference are offered in displayable softcopy form. The displayable manuals are part of the basic machine-readable material. The files are shipped on the same media type as the basic machine-readable material. Additionally, a technical reference for PC DOS Version 7 is provided in displayable softcopy form with the PC DOS 7 Technical Update.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements: PC DOS Version 7 operates on Intel**-based or Intel-compatible personal computers (808X, 286, 386, 486, and Pentium processors).

A minimum of 512KB of processor system memory is required. A new system (one without a previous version of DOS installed) must also have a high-density, 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch A: diskette drive. The PC DOS Version 7 upgrade requires a system with a prior version of DOS (any DOS Version 3.3, or later, including MS-DOS) installed on the hard disk. Installation on upgrade systems can occur from any high-density diskette drive, CD-ROM, or from the network to the hard disk. Installation from a CD-ROM requires a previously installed CD-ROM driver. The minimum disk space required for PC DOS Version 7 is 6MB, if all defaults are taken on installation. The maximum disk space required for PC DOS Version 7 is 18.5MB if all features for both DOS and Windows are installed.

Software Requirements: PC DOS Version 7 maintains upward compatibility with prior versions of DOS. Functions supported on previous levels will continue to be supported, unless that specific function is no longer supported by IBM.

Functions no longer supported in PC DOS Version 7 are:

  • GRAPHICS.COM, which allowed DOS to print graphics, is replaced by the support offered in more current applications.
  • PRINTER.SYS, which supported code page switching for the original ProPrinters, is replaced by the support in newer printers and more current applications.
  • COMP.COM, which compared the contents of two files, is replaced by the FC command (part of PC DOS Version 7).
  • FASTOPEN.EXE, which accelerated the opening of frequently used files, is required far less often because of faster hard files and processors and the support provided by SMARTDRV.
  • EXE2BIN.EXE, which converted .EXE (executable) files to binary format, is replaced by the support provided in most compilers.
  • EDLIN.COM, a line-oriented text editor, is replaced by the full-screen PC DOS Editor called E.
  • RECOVER.COM, which recovered readable information from bad or defective disks, is no longer required due to the higher quality of diskettes.

These commands from prior versions of DOS will not be deleted by the installation of an upgrade to PC DOS Version 7 and are expected to run compatibly with PC DOS Version 7 when used with the SETVER command. If these commands are needed on systems with PC DOS Version 7 and the customer has a license of PC DOS Version 6.3, the customer is authorized to copy the files to support these commands to all licensed PC DOS Version 7 systems where these files are required. Refer to the license information included with the product for details on the files that may be copied.

Limitations: Applications supported on previous levels of DOS should run compatibly with PC DOS Version 7. However, with each release of DOS, adding new features introduces some incompatibilities. Below is a list of changes that may cause compatibility problems.

  • The version has changed to 7.0. Applications dependent on a version prior to 7.0 may indicate an incompatibility. Users and application developers should consider the SETVER command to resolve this incompatibility.
  • Certain older applications dependent on deleted commands may not work correctly. If so, these commands may be copied from licensed copies of PC DOS Version 6.3.
  • The EXPAND command is no longer used to expand files with PC DOS Version 7 because the PC DOS Version 7 files are now uncompressed using UNPACK2.
  • ValueStor 3.5-inch external floppy drives, some MCT adapters with GSI BIOS, GSI Model 11 floppy controllers, and Compaticard IV controller cards read only 512-byte sectors. PC DOS Version 7 uses XDF-formatted diskettes with 1KB sectors that are unsupported by these adapters.
  • PC DOS Version 7 does not support programs that require the presence of the DoubleSpace API or are dependent on the DoubleSpace or DriveSpace format.

To run Windows-based applications, games, and utilities, you need to have Windows 3.1, or later, installed on your system.

Planning Information

Program services will be available until February 28, 1996. The statement of services included with the program describes these services.

Packaging: Distribution of PC DOS Version 7 will be on:

  • High-density, 3.5-inch (1.44MB) diskettes
  • High-density, 5.25-inch (1.2MB) diskettes
  • 600MB CD-ROM (upgrade only)

Note: Low-density diskettes are not available.

Upgrade and base packages will be offered through the retail market. CD-ROM packages will be offered only for upgrade packages because of the need for a previously installed CD-ROM device driver.

The program package for PC DOS Version 7 and PC DOS Version 7 upgrade, U.S. English, have the following items in addition to the media:

  • PC DOS User's Guide includes the IBM Program License Agreement (PLA) and PC DOS Version 7 Program License Information
  • PC DOS Coupon Booklet
  • Service Flyer describing the service and support for PC DOS Version 7
  • Prodigy Information Sheet
  • Registration Card *

* Customers are instructed to fill out and mail in their registration card in order to be provided with information on future product announcements and special promotional offers.

Security, Auditability, and Control

IBM AntiVirus updates are included in PC DOS Version 7. This support helps users automatically detect and neutralize known stealth, polymorphic, generic, and even unknown viruses without damaging the customer's files or applications. Today, this support detects over 2,100 known viruses. Though PC DOS Version 7 offers superior integrated anti-virus support, new viruses are discovered regularly. IBM offers an update program separately for users to stay as current as possible with this protection.

There are no new auditability or control features in PC DOS Version 7.

User management is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

ORDERING INFORMATION

Orders for new licenses will be accepted now.

Shipments will begin on the planned availability date.

To order the programs in this announcement for order type, specify the order type number, feature number, part number, program name, media, and quantity.

Program Package -- program diskette with documentation.

                             Order
Program                      Type           Feature     Part
Name           Media         Number          Number     Number

PC DOS 7 3.5-inch 5871-AAA 0105 83G9217 PC DOS 7 5.25-inch 5871-AAA 0106 83G9219 PC DOS 7 3.5-inch 5870-EAD 0001 83G9217 PC DOS 7 5.25-inch 5870-EAD 0002 83G9219

Additional License Copies -- authorizes the customer who has a program package to make a single copy of the program diskette and printed documentation.

The authorization is given by sending the customer an invoice for an additional license copy (the IBM Customer Agreement (ICA) must be in effect) or by sending the customer a Proof of Additional License certificate (the ICA is not required). The Proof of Additional License certificate has its own part number and feature number.

                                   Order
Program                            Type         Feature     Part
Name                   Media       Number        Number     Number

PC DOS 7 Additional License None 5872-AAA 0055 83G9312
PC DOS 7 Additional License None 5870-EAD 0003 83G9312

Proof of Additional License certificate -- applies when the customer has a program package and orders a Proof of Additional License certificate. Receipt of the certificate authorizes the customer to make a single copy of the program diskette and the printed documentation.

The ICA does not need to be in effect.

                                    Order
Program                             Type        Feature     Part
Name                     Media      Number       Number     Number

PC DOS 7 Proof of Additional License Certificate None 5872-AAA 0056 83G9313
PC DOS 7 Proof of Additional License Certificate None 5870-EAD 0004 83G9313

Additional License Copies -- VALU: When the VDE -- Volume Additional License Usage (VALU) applies, authorization to make additional license copies begins on the start date specified in the Addendum for Volume Discount.

                                    Order
Program                             Type        Feature     Part
Name                                Number       Number     Number

PC DOS 7 Additional License -- VALU 5872-AA1 0055 83G9312

Documentation -- separate documentation with no diskette.

                                    Order
Publication                         Type        Feature     Part
Title                               Number       Number     Number

PC DOS 7 User's Guide 5876-AAA 0002 83G9260 PC DOS 7 User's Guide 5870-EAD 0013 83G9260 PC DOS 7 Keyboards and Code Pages 5876-AAA 0004 83G9310 PC DOS 7 Keyboards and Code Pages 5870-EAD 0015 83G9310 PC DOS 7 Command Reference and Error Messages 5876-AAA 0003 83G9309 PC DOS 7 Command Reference and Error Messages 5870-EAD 0014 83G9309 PC DOS REXX User's Guide and Command Reference 5876-AAA 0005 83G9228 PC DOS REXX User's Guide and Command Reference 5870-EAD 0016 83G9228

Program Package Upgrade -- program media with documentation.

                                    Order
Program                             Type        Feature     Part
Name                     Media      Number       Number     Number

PC DOS 7 Upgrade 3.5-inch diskette 5873-AAA 0009 83G9218 PC DOS 7 Upgrade 5.25-inch diskette 5873-AAA 0010 83G9220 PC DOS 7 Upgrade CD-ROM diskette 5873-AAA 0011 83G9303 PC DOS 7 Upgrade 3.5-inch diskette 5870-EAD 0007 83G9218 PC DOS 7 Upgrade 5.25-inch diskette 5870-EAD 0009 83G9220 PC DOS 7 Upgrade CD-ROM 5870-EAD 0010 83G9303

Additional License Copy Upgrade -- authorizes the customer who has a program package upgrade to make a single copy of the program diskette and printed documentation.

The authorization is given by sending the customer an invoice for an Additional License Copy Upgrade (the ICA must be in effect) or by sending the customer a Proof of Additional License Upgrade certificate (the ICA is not required). The Proof of Additional License Upgrade certificate has its own part number and feature number.

                                    Order
Program                             Type        Feature     Part
Name                                Number       Number     Number

PC DOS 7 Upgrade Additional License 5874-AAA 0017 83G9314 PC DOS 7 Upgrade Additional License 5870-EAD 0011 83G9314

Proof of Additional License Upgrades Certificate: Applies when the customer has a program package upgrade and orders a Proof of Additional License Upgrade certificate. Receipt of the certificate authorizes the customer to make a single copy of the program diskette and the printed documentation.

The ICA does not need to be in effect.

                                    Order
Program                             Type        Feature     Part
Name                     Media      Number       Number     Number

PC DOS 7 Upgrade Proof of Additional License None 5874-AAA 0018 83G9315 PC DOS 7 Upgrade Proof of Additional License None 5870-EAD 0012 83G9315

Additional License Copy Upgrade -- VALU: When the Volume Discount Exhibit, Volume Additional License Usage (VALU) applies authorization to make additional license copies begins on the start date specified in the Addendum for Volume Discount.

                                    Order
Program                             Type        Feature     Part
Name                                Number       Number     Number

PC DOS 7 Upgrade Additional License -- VALU 5874-AA1 0017 83G9314

Program Upgrade

Customers may also order upgrades through the local IBM office using the IBM Personal Computer/System Program US Upgrade and Certification Order Form included with this announcement.

The total quantity of upgrades acquired for a specific program may not exceed the total quantity of program packages and/or additional licenses previously acquired for that program. Proof of License for upgrade eligibility for additional license upgrades is a copy of this invoice or previously acquired Proof of Additional License certificate. Additional license upgrades can be entered through the local IBM office using the US Upgrade and Certification Order Form included in this announcement or ordered through an authorized remarketer.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Licensing: The program in this announcement is licensed under the terms and conditions of the IBM Program License Agreement. A copy of the agreement is included in the program package.

Additional License: An ICA must be in effect or Proof of Additional License certificate must be acquired.

Limited Warranty:

  • Program: Yes
  • Media: Three months
  • Additional Licenses: Yes
  • Media: Not applicable

Program Services: Program services will be available until February 28, 1996. The statement of service included with the program describes this service.

Getting Started Period: A getting started period is provided by the Personal Systems Support Line from February 1995 through February 1996.

Volume Orders: The additional licenses and additional license upgrades included in this announcement are eligible for volume discounting under the terms of the ICA and the exhibit for Volume Additional License Usage. These programs are included in Category A under 5872-AA1 and 5874-AA1, respectively.

For information regarding other volume orders, contact your IBM representative.

30-Day Money Back Guarantee: The IBM 30-day money-back guarantee applies.

National Education License Fee (NELF): A NELF is available under the terms and conditions of the Education Allowance Amendment to the ICA. The NELF, which represents a 40% discount off the single unit price, is not subject to any further discount or allowance.

CHARGES

                                            Part          One-Time
Description                                 Number        Charge


Program Package, 3.5-inch
  diskette                                  83G9217        $127  *
Program Package, 5.25-inch
  diskette                                  83G9219         127  *
Additional License                          83G9312         125  *
Proof of Additional License                 83G9313         125  *
Program Package Upgrade,
  3.5-inch diskette                         83G9218          77  *
Program Package Upgrade,
  5.25-inch diskette                        83G9220          77  *
Program Package Upgrade,
  CD-ROM                                    83G9303          77  *
Upgrade Additional License                  83G9314          75  *
Proof of Upgrade Additional
  License                                   83G9315          75  *
User's Guide                                83G9260          10
Command Reference and
  Error Messages                            83G9309          15
Keyboard and Code Pages                     83G9310           6
REXX User's Guide and
  Command Reference                         83G9228          12

*     Personal Systems Support Family Support Line charges are
      included in the Support Line Standard base fee.

                                    Order
Program                             Type        Feature     Part
Name                                Number       Number     Number


PC DOS 7 Additional
  License -- VALU                   5872-AA1      0055      83G9312
PC DOS 7 Upgrade
  Additional License
  -- VALU                           5874-AA1      0017      83G9314

Additional Licenses Charge: Customers who pay a OTC for additional licenses may copy
machine-readable program materials and printed documentation previously acquired from
IBM in a program package. One copy may be made for each additional license ordered.

Program Upgrade Charge: A program upgrade charge will apply for upgrades from all
versions of DOS to PC DOS Version 7.

**    Company, product, or service name may be a trademark or service
      mark of others.