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Polls / Re: Compatibility with OS/2
« on: Today at 12:21:35 pm »
Can you ask IBM about a obtaining a license to decompile and binary examine their boot, kernel, and driver code?  It would help me immensely.

With my 333 Post I would like to say, please do not take it personal, that this is the best joke I have ever read in this Forum during all the years.

It must be joke, must'nt it? Or...  ;D

No joke.  If someone has a good working relationship with IBM, I would like to obtain a license like Arca Noae did, to legally examine the core OS/2 binary files through various means of reverse-engineering.

I would try to contact them myself, but business eloquence is not my strength.  I would harm my cause through ignorance, inexperience, and saying / writing the wrong things.

Hi Rick.

I'm sorry but I only have found the process to republish publications (print or electronic publications) under permission. I haven't found a way to request IBM permission to release binaries or source code. Also, if the document says in some part "IBM Internal" or "Confidential"  they would give permission.


Polls / Re: Compatibility with OS/2
« on: Today at 02:35:55 am »
Unfortunately the words "always" and "free" made the above statement wrong or at least inaccurate. You couldn't download any of the earlier mentioned files at all 20 years ago - a verifiable fact.

Andreas, please cool off. You are right but if you are going to question every little thing on the forum people are going to start to ignore you, and this is not the USENET. You are not forced to reply every post, there is no prize for being the one that post the most on the forums.

If it is worthy I can ask IBM permission to republish those books, if someone is crying over IBM's copyright for having those books posted on a non-profit library.


Polls / Re: Compatibility with OS/2
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:39:21 pm »

I didn't know they existed.

UPDATE:  Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, Volume IV.

Hi Rick.

Those books were always available for free download at the IBM redbooks site. I don't think that there is something illegal on using those books are references.

I even found on that is still online on the IBM site:


Hardware / Re: Hardware Reports / Reviews - More - MORE !!!!
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:53:15 pm »
If you ... can provide me the HardwareID (of the USB devices), it will be great.

If USB.IDS's Either Hand is not a generic vendor with a misleading name, then the information of the USB Device Monitor (and/or USB.IDS) is not reliable and all relevant details (mainly USB 2.0 and older) were already included.

I had posted both on the wiki:

- Philips Snow Edition USB 2.0 Flash Drive
- Philips Urban Edition USB 2.0 Flash Drive

André, just post the hardwareID code. If USB.ids is wrong just give me the code that "lsusb" command provides for that flash drives.


Hardware / Re: Hardware Reports / Reviews - More - MORE !!!!
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:41:43 pm »
When it comes to USB flash drives, it might be better to collect non-working modules as in my experience, they all work once set up correctly.

Hi Dave

I agreed that it may not be as important to collect USB Flash storage devices because they are supposedly to work, but I don't think I will be getting a massive amount of devices of people reporting.  So I don't care to if I post the ones that works and the ones that does not work.

So keep posting the hardwareID please.


Hardware / Re: Preparing an USB Flash drive with FAT32 with DFSee
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:47:57 pm »

For the moment I had used DFSee's Script called "Make FAT32 Data (USB) disk" to destruct the partition, format it as FAT32 and make it usable under ArcaOS.

About the second alternative that will be to "add the LVM info". I was lost first because I needed to change the DFsee US to "Expert Mode". After that, I found the " File->open object to work with->Partition->" but it only list the partition of the HDD and does not show the Flash Drive. I'm also not sure where is the "add the LVM info" function on the DFsee UI.

About the "large floppy stick" how does one produce it? Does it depends on the hardware of the stick?


Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:17:51 pm »
Developing drivers dies not automatically lead to closed source. I.e. I asked Lars Erdmann regarding USB 3.0.

That is interesting, you are right, there can be open source drivers on OS/2, but the temptation to use IBM DDK code (which is incompatible with open source) is high since it will help developers to make drivers faster.

Lar's drivers are not open source and can not be turn open source because they are based on the IBM DDK source code (AFAIK). But he uses a workaround, he turned his project into a collaborative project under netlabs, so even if it is not open source another member of netlabs can continue the project in the future. That was the only legal solution I know for IBM DDK source code drivers.

Under my experience on this platform, close source software is future abandonware. It would be better to invest in open source drivers even if those will cost more by not using IBM DDK code.


Hardware / Re: Hardware Reports / Reviews - More - MORE !!!!
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:52:06 am »
Hi André

If you have those around and you can provide me the HardwareID (of the USB devices), it will be great.


Hardware / Re: Hardware Reports / Reviews - More - MORE !!!!
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:11:17 am »
Hi Roberto.

I just added both:
- Brother MFC-6490CW (Scanner)
- Brother MFC-J5330DW (Scanner)


Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:44:21 am »
So, in my opinion, Money would be needed to Support current Hardware Features, like USB 3, WLAN (so many years missed now...) UNIAUD or what else - so desperatly needed keep the current Hardware for some years. So: to develop Drivers.

Hi Sigurd

I'm complete against to use community raised money to generate close source drivers contaminated with the IBM DDK license which is incompatible with any open source license. (In case someone think that is the plan).

Drivers maybe necessary but are "short term" needs, in the long term you will require newer drivers and more updated drivers. In my opinion it is better to use money on things that will help the keep the platform current and with working applications in a middle-long term. If we don't have working applications that you want to use on OS/2, there not even need for drivers.

Sigurd, this does not mean it has to be black or white. This just look to me like a fundraising you don't want to support because you want drivers first. Maybe you will have to skip this one and focus on support some other driver projects.


Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:22:02 pm »
I welcome people there input in a forum. In my opinion ....

Roderick, please put any negative and non constructive comment to rest and focus on the important things. You are not forced to reply to every post. 

Let's move on. I think that it will be better to update us on the fund raising and to know if there had been any talks with Bitwise works about the project.


Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:50:26 pm »

I think you already made your point and you need to agree to disagree.  There is no need to compare or label people and it is not important who has the last word.
There are different opinions and that is all.

Back to the subject, I think that Sigurd has an important point and it can be interesting to hear a plan from OS2VOICE and Bitwise works about this subject and that Roderick update us on the fund raising and specify if he needs something else. I still think that this fund raising is in good faith and that Qt 5 is strategic for the platform. 

Guys I guess we do have a new ..

Please don't name him since it may be like Beetlejuice :)


Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:18:54 pm »

I really hope that Roderick can update us on this subject.

Also today Firefox 57 was released for other non-OS/2 platforms and they advertise it as "Faster". Even that I don't know the technical effort to port RUST Language to OS/2, I see RUST as something interesting. Why do I think that RUST will not crash and burn like other novelty languages? I think that because they are starting with a strong "killer application" called Firefox under that language. Instead of being a new language trying to get adoption and applications, it is starting with Firefox running on their language, which it is a very important browser on the internet. So under my opinion it is likely that we are going to see more applications adopting RUST in the future.

On the other hand I also bet for the project of having Qt5 ported to OS/2. We need to have something more standard than PM that can allow us to have more apps ported to the platform and also it represents an open and modern way to create GUI applications.


Hardware / Re: New laptop for Arca os
« on: November 14, 2017, 04:04:51 am »

I personally think that it may be easier to find Laptops with UEFI Legacy support, but it maybe be harder to get ones with USB 3 that can be downgraded (Legacy mode) to 2.0.

It is not common for manufacturer to publish that can kind of details. Maybe it can be interesting to try some manufacturer forums or send one of that question on Amazon that some other customers of the laptop can also reply.


Hardware / Re: Preparing an USB Flash drive with FAT32 with DFSee
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:00:09 pm »
Hi Dave. Thanks for the information. I had tried DFSee (Scripts - Make FAT32 Data (USB) disk) according to your suggestion and it worked fine for a FAT32 8GB Flash drive. So, the first part of my question is solved.

Lars about your comments I have some doubts. If the first sectors of a stick are completely wiped (overwritten with zeros) as you said,  and I format it FAT32 on Windows, does it means this to work as an alternative of using DFSee? If yes, what is the procedure to "complete wipe the USB Flash (overwritten with zeros)" that you know?

General Question: I want to write this down on the wiki to don't forget it on the future. What is the correct name for this problem?  "Un-proper CHS layout on the disk?"


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