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Applications / Re: Software Reports
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:41:29 pm »
Using ArcaOS 5.01

Installing eSchemes makes the whole system unstable.

Installing Animated mouse pointer 1.01 locks the system up. 

Both resulted in me installing ArcaOS 5.01 again.

That is the reason why I do not use any of these programs with my Up-To-Date OS/2 Clones, not even an eco runtime.

Events / Re: Thinkpads - OS/2 Anniversary
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:29:36 pm »

Events / Re: Thinkpads - OS/2 Anniversary
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:18:59 pm »
It Begins to take shape...

(No - there is no monetization with this...)

Article Discussions / Re: ArcaOS Wishlist - 6 months !!
« on: November 23, 2017, 07:15:53 pm »
My (Long gone) "wishes" are almost like yours, slightly different and in this order:

- Sound
- USB 3.0

But: as it turns out ArcaOS is getting more and more closed source, so - even if these Drivers will be available those may be only licensed for ArcaOS I fear - may be not.

It started with the new kernels, ACPI followed (at least when it stops to work with "unsupported" kernel in SMP mode) and now it is going on with this LAN Update.

As it is advertised: "It is a good time to replace OS/2-eCS with ArcaOS" it is for me more like: "It is a good time to leave."

Unfortunately I can not get this LAN Compnent Update as well, as the 6 months of ArcaOS Subsrciptions just shortly dissappeard before these LAN Update was released. My other SSS expires at 31.12.2017 and seems not to have this LAN Update included. Even if I could - it would not be licensed for OS/2.

Regarding USB 3.0 I remember David A. talking about the driver at Warpstock Europe in 2016 saying it was really Close at Hand.

As other Things turned out to be more important for ARCAOS - what is OK - it showed that my personal Needs are not on the list. So, yes, I can not expect or demand to have them.

Personal I will wait untill the next release after that 5.02, the possible ArcaOS 5.1 German Edition, to invest Money into OS/2, regardless it it is for SSS or funding. Untill then I will invest in something else  ;)

334 -> last and end  :)


Polls / Re: Compatibility with OS/2
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:56:53 am »
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 - by far, very far....

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

Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 19, 2017, 07:41:24 am »
I am working on some more details answers and will post tomorrow.

Roderick, when I read this I fell sorry to have written what I have written because I did not want to make you so many Trouble, emotional Trouble. It was just about the Project. eCS is Long gone and it is far in the past, so please do not invest time on this Point. I know that you and others did the best they can, so - sorry, do not waste your time answering to this Point I have written and but use it for your funding. We can talk about this better, if you like, when we will met the next ime, may be in May in Berloin or December in Cologne, I am looking Forward to it.

Thanks and all the luck for the future!

Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 18, 2017, 08:49:01 am »

Hi Martin,

Developing drivers dies not automatically lead to closed source. I.e. I asked Lars Erdmann regarding USB 3.0.

But I have to state that even if the drivers would be closed source in my opinion it would be better to have those as none of them.


Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:03:48 pm »
Good evening,

thanks for the words, Roderick, but I think this brings me no step further. But that does not matter.

Yes - I am of the opinion, that ecomstation failed because of mismanagement, sadly. And yes, the Situation about the "Browser of the future" reminds me of the Situation "the ACPI of the future of eCS 2.0".

When I collect the Facts I do have now, These are almost the same as the ones I already had the time I wrote my first comment in this thread.

- It is not clear what browser will be developed
- It is clear, that Firefox is not the path of the future (after 52), something you stressed every time but was clear to almost all of us when explanations came around because of the changes necessary (Rust and so on, please see other threads)
- I think it has been your words in cologne that stated that the 10.000 Dollar will be enough for about three months cost of developing, but as you stated as well, porting QT5 will Need about at least 5 to 6 month.
- So, to port a browser after that, even more time is needed (and so Money) and my be other parts have to be developed/ported as well to get a QT Browser running.
- If I remeber correctly at Cologne someone already stated, that it is impossible to port Chromium browser you mentioned, as it relies on several other Things. But I may be wrong.

So it is this mixture of uncertain plans and informations that are almost saying what is not possible but do not say where this path will lead to. And this is exactly what reminds me of the "eCS times".

I just fear (a bit) that this kind of Advertising such a Project will damage the solid and planfull work, ArcaNoae and BWW are doing.

In the end I think that a Firefox 52, when we will have it, will serve for another couple of years, and then all the other Problems, like UEFI, UEFI2020, USB 3, NVMe, Panorama, UNIAUD.... will lead to an end of OS/2 nativ on modern Hardware and I see no way that this can be stopped.

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.

Yes - I could raise an own funding for this, but for me it is just Hobby, so this example is just to explain why I do not see a plan behind this funding.

When the end on native Hardware will come it will still work in a virtual envorement, but in that a "usual" Warp 4 will do the Job as well. And in a virtual enviroment there is no Need for an up to date browser.

It is a pitty that you allways have this black or white sceme, if one does not understand or critize parts of what you are doing he automatically MUST be against everything you do or say.

But that is just my opinion. And it is OK as it is, I wish you all the luck for the future of your funding and the whole Project.

Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:00:45 am »
Guys I guess we do have a new Tim Martin for os2world...

Even though I can understand the "heat of the Moment" it is allways contraproductive to argue with personal attacks instead of Facts.

Regarding the Topic / my questions there are still no concret answers from you.

Having no detailed Information about a plan and what will be done with the 10.000 Dollars at all was the reason why we handed the Money collected at the User Meeting in Cologne directly to BWW instead of this funding. Unfortunately this damages the whole funding and brings back memories of the past regarding Mis-Management of eComStation - Things I thought have been gone away because of the solid and good work ArcaNoae and BWW are doing.

Hardware / AMD3+ 8 Core OS/2 PC 2017
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:39:28 am »

for those interested:

Since July I am Building my "Maximum Warp PC 2017", Details can be read here:

Important Notice: I finally did not use the Mainboard that is mentioned in the first post of this thread, because of Problems with the internal Graphic Chipset. At least I used this one, that does not have an internal Graphic and therefore SNAP has no Problems with the grapfhic Card (mentioned later in the thread):  -> ASRock 980DE3U3S3, a really very good choice, in Addition with USB 3 Support...

This week I cloned my OS/2 Warp SeB 4.52 Clone from the X200T on this PC and tailored it. Here: .

Links are in German but I think you know how to let it be translated.

Main Features:

- AM3+ Board
- AMD Opteron 8 Core CPU
- Ati Radeon X600 PCIe Grafic
- Samsung EVO SSD
- PCI CM 8738 4.1 Surround Sound
- 16 GB RAM
- DVD Burner
- ZIP 100 IDE
- Floppy
- Water cooled CPU
- Blue Lights

- Holger Veith's 14.112 SMP Kernel and his WPS Fixes
- ACPI 3.23.05
- AHCI 2.03
- SNAP 3.18
- Sander van Leuwens CM8738 Sound Drivers

- OS/2 Warp Server 4.52 (ACP 2) with all the enhancements of new Drivers
- Fixpac 5 German

I attach some of the Pictures.

- ArcaOS 5.01 Installation out of the Box possible

The System is fast, stable and  - well - something like blue Warpspeed.....

Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:43:29 am »
During the OS/2 User Meeting last Weekend we had the Chance to discuss this Topic as well.

I will post my 2 Cents about this here based on the informations we have been presented there and from what I have read/heard elsewhere so far:

- The Project title is somewhat misleading in my opinion: it should be named as: "Sponsorship for a QT5 port needed"

- There is no clear Roadmap regarding a browser: wich will be the one of choice?

- Therefore it is not clear: what is needed at all to complete such a Task? QT5, Rust? Else?

- The Project Goal is 10.000 Dollar where Roderick stated that already 6.500 have been collected, as some "unknown" or "do not want to be named Person" already donated 5.000 Dollar in Bitcoins in Addition. Roderick said that this Money would be enough to work for 3 or 4 months on the QT port. But he estimated the QT port itself would take at least 6 to 9 month to work on...

And for some Browser Alternatives there is even no Need to have QT5 ported.

So this Project is more or less a shot in the dark so far. It is not clear where it leads to nor when it will be completed. Roderick stated that it is better to have a movement than None.

I appriciate all the Things done by Roderick and BWW and all others involved, but not having a plan at all - other than porting QT5 first and looking where this will lead to - is not a good way in my opinion.

I think it would be a good idea to

- make the decision first where to invest the Money in
- give more Information about this at all
- so: to Show a plan.

Hardware / Re: OS/2 and NVMe SSD?
« on: October 20, 2017, 07:59:37 am »
Vielen Dank.

Hardware / OS/2 and NVMe SSD?
« on: October 19, 2017, 09:16:22 am »
I try to install OS/2 on a PC with an NVMe SSD. So far I am in Trouble with "OS/2 can not operate your harddisk" using latest Dani and AHCI 2.03.

EDIT: AHCI Drivers says "No Device found" during boot

But I am not sure if this is the case.

Does NVMe Drives Need Special Drivers?
Are those backward compatible with AHCI drives?

I tried to find Information in the net and what I seem to see is that Windows 7 can not be installed on These Kind of SSDs without a Special Driver. But Information seems not so clear.

Thanks for Information.

I will not install ArcaOS but my own OS/2 Version, as it does really look and feel like OS/2 Warp 4 ::)
ArcaOS has a lot of critical improvements to the way OS/2 works, though. Such as the CPU throttling and management. You can always mod ArcaOS to look like Warp 4--and then retain all of the new enhancements.

I prefer it the other way round, preserve Warp 4 and add Driver Enhancements. I personal do not like and try to avoid the Linux Structure, the FOC, the ECO RU Runtimes, ..... but would like to Keep Voicetype, Bonuspak, Assistant, Tutorial, .... and the German language and everything else that has been included with the Original Warp 3 / Warp 4. This is only my Hobby and it made a lot of fun during the last couple of years.

The ThinkPad 25 will be my last ThinkPad I guess, as I do already for all day use have a Surface Pro 4. The ThinkPad 25 is a good endpoint, worth it, for my Collection (including 701c and so on). The same goes with the "30th Anniversary Edition" of my personal Warp 4, this seems to be a good endpoint as well, as ArcaOS is shifting away from what OS/2 has been. To make it clear: this is not to complain, ArcaOS is fine and running OK, but OS/2 dissapears. That's Life  ;)

Events / Thinkpads - OS/2 Anniversary
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:05:58 pm »
To celebrate these two Legendary efforts I prepare for something Special, stay tuned!  ;)

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