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Events / Warpstock Europe 2016: Interview with Dmitry Kuminov
« on: July 01, 2016, 08:36:10 pm »
Dmitry Kuminov talks about his career, OS/2, bww bitwise works, Firefox, Qt, Java porting (russian language).

(you can find more interviews and links to streams from the conferences on this channel)

More details about OS/2 conferences:

Events / Warpstock Europe 2016: Lars Erdmann
« on: June 14, 2016, 10:18:17 am »

Lars Erdmann talks about USB drivers development
(current status, future plans)

Events / Warpstock Europe 2016: Interview with Roderick Klein
« on: June 09, 2016, 05:45:13 pm »
Every OS/2 conference influences much on developers and users. It energises the developers with energy for the next 12 monthes.

Roderick Klein talks about OS2VOICE activity, Arca Noae company, perspectives of OS/2, expectations before WSE2016 conference.

General Discussion / Building OS/2 roadmap: IF .. THEN .. ELSE ..
« on: May 05, 2016, 02:11:42 am »

It's 2016 year but nobody knows what way to select for OS/2.

First of all, eComStation development was going with
participation / support of professional people.
On the other side we understand that we were missing more recommendations
(More consultants, more analysis)
As result, eComStation project made several mistakes

Every OS/2 user (ex-user) is professional in own own area (profession)
and can give recommendations based on own experience.

Let's collect thesis IF .. THEN ..  --
to understand which choice is wrong, and which changes will help to achieve success.

General Discussion / Forecast for Arca Noae's OS/2
« on: April 22, 2016, 10:38:19 am »
What do you expect after release of Arca Noae OS/2?

* Imagine that the system will be released in the autumn
* how many reviews of new OS/2 do you expect to see?
* how many users will buy new OS/2?
* how many new users will appear till the end of year?
* how many new commercial companies will buy the system till the end of year?
* Do you think that the developers will update their OS/2 applications for compatibility with  Arca Noae OS/2 (or simply refresh packages)?

Events / Warpstock Europe 2016 - actual topics
« on: April 04, 2016, 07:38:13 pm »
Warpstock Europe 2016 homepage --

What topics to discuss at the conference?

Seems that the most actual topics are:
*    DRV: critical problems in drivers
*    DRV: UEFI compatibility
*    DRV: Tablet computers
*    Community: How to attract young users
*    Community: How to attract professional developers and engineers
*    Usage: What applications to create / to port?
*    Usage: How are you going use OS/2 in the next 5 years?

Setup & Installation / Improve installer of OS/2
« on: March 18, 2016, 09:31:27 pm »
OS/2 Guru site is collecting ideas how to improve OS/2 installer --  ->

Networking / OS/2: Connect to Windows 7
« on: February 19, 2016, 08:38:23 pm »
I am sorry to make this question again, Does Samba client for OS/2 work for the users?

* The instructions from eCS 2.2 manual don't help
* This instructions don't help --

Other suggestions don't help --

* let's take standard Windows 7 Pro, clean install
* let's take eCS 2.x, EVFSGUI,  + NetDrive with Samba plugin
* let's setup Windows 7 by eCS 2.2 intsructions
* Current state: Drive letter is attached, No files, if copy files to the drive letter then you see message: Access denied.

Hardware / Query configuration of Thinkpad by TYPE
« on: January 26, 2016, 11:50:14 pm »

When you buy a laptop or maintaining/repairing laptops,
sometimes you want query configuration by TYPE (Model number).

Here is the database of Thinkpad TYPE:

Status, 2016/01/27: information about 40 models

Add you laptop model and configuration if it's absent.

General Discussion / OS/2 Arrows: 6.1 Green corridor for small Solutions
« on: December 15, 2015, 09:30:46 pm »
To extend OS/2 market and add 1 user, it's necessary sell 1 PC with OS/2 pre-installed. Seems that this new user will use this computer to make money (to use this computer as machine designed to fulfill 1 task ((aimed to earn money)).

Current situation: there are no conditions to develop new solutions, because for companies it's cheaper to buy Solutions based on Windows:

Windows PC:
* 1) cost of Windows license = 0 USD, (The PC was purchased with Windows pre-installed)
* 2) cost of application (point of sale, CMMS system, warehouse application) = N USD (example: 100 USD)

OS/2 PC:
* 1) cost of OS/2 license = 300 USD
* 2) cost of application, = N USD ($100)
* 3) expenses to setup OS/2 = X USD (example: $50)

As result, there are no conditions to sell cheap (not expensive) Solutions based on OS/2.

If the cost of Solution is high (for example, $10 000) then the cost of OS
license is not so significant and OS/2 Solution can compete by the cost.
But we don't have companies which can create this advanced/expensive Solutions.
(example, training machine to control Space ship).

How to resolve the problem? What is the direction of "OS/2 arrow"?
* 0) The cost of Commercial license should be lower than Home/Personal license. (For example, when you buy 2 apples in a shop, you pay 1.0 usd per apple.  If you want buy 1000 apples then the shop gives you a discount, and you pay 0.9 usd per apple)

* 1a) Several companies should sell PC computers with OS/2 pre-installed.
* 1b) OS/2 distributor should reduce the cost of OS/2 license for this companies.  (ideal price: $20 ((equal to Windows cost)), more realistic: 30% discount). So the cost of OS/2 license is reduced.

* 2a) The distributor (OS developer) should support (donate) the developer of  Ready for Use Solutions so the developer can reduce the cost of software.
* 2b) The distributor must promote the Solution at own homepage.

* 3) The distributor should make expenses to support the customer.

What will change if implement this suggestions?
* The companies are interested to buy more OS/2 licenses to reduce expenses.
* New solution may be developed => The sellings of OS/2 will grow.

What happens if keep the situation as is? (use old model of sellings)
* No new solutions => The sellings of OS/2 go down  (because the sellings to companies which purchased OS/2  solutions in 90-th and 200x go down) => No resources to  develop the system.

Previous publications:
* OS/2 arrows: 2.1: What components to include to OS?
* OS/2 arrows: 5.1. Banners exchange

Utilities / OS/2 arrows: 2.1: What components to include to OS?
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:01:05 am »

It's necessary include to OS/2 as many utilities and extenders as possible.
We talk about functions: service, disk, file utilities, .. software aimed to maintain the system.
Basic apps for users, any drivers.

Moreover, it's necessary include all demo versions of commercial software.
Those applications which are distributed with OS, have maximal sellings.
The applications which are not included - are used by <1% of users.
(The developer of OS is obligated create special conditions
for the developers of commercial software, because they define the area of OS usage).

The users post the requests what functions to include:

* Local system -> System setup -> there should be Device Manager, viewer of PCI devices.

* Desktop, click on picture -> there should be Convert command in popup menu,
new converters can be included to OS without discussions.

* Programs -> Modern picture viewer should be included to the system.

* Templates folder -> template of Address book, cards with personal information should be located there

* System doesn't boot. The users want boot from DVD and start a Doctor to repair system.
This utility should be created (or Safe mode)

* ..
  • Add your requests (we expect to see 50 - 100 offerings)

A.3) By default all new functions and not visible (installed but not running)
and popup by request of users.

* No need to create objects for music Converts applications. Convert function
may be (hidden) inserted into object popup menu of audio files (objects)

* No need to create 50 icons (objects) in Programs folder.
There should be 7+-2 (5 .. 9) folders, which contain other sub-folders.
And all dosenz of applications are sorted by this folders (categories)

A.4) Who manages the list of new functions? (modules which should be included to the OS)
The developer of OS or user groups.

OS developer is publishing some requirements to new modules:
* the utilities should me multi-language
* quality: some requirements to quality
* License to distribute the module with OS
* (more)

Formula: How to detect, is it necessary include the module to OS or not
* This utility / feature is important for all users? then YER
* Is it system utility? YES
* Is it WPS class? YES
* Is it fix / patch for OS? YES
* Is it front-end aimed to setup OS? YES
* Is it must-have feature for any modern OS? YES
* Is it small application popular among users? YES
* SysInfo utility? YES
* (more)

Previous publications:
* OS/2 arrows: 5.1. Banners exchange

Programming / Neo OS/2: some development questions
« on: October 26, 2015, 12:17:23 am »
Q1: How to detect Neo OS/2?  (Blue Lion, Arca Noae OS/2)? What file to check? what registry line? what syslevel?

Q2: What System installer of application is default? WarpIn or RPM?

Q3: What is the mailing list for developers, standalone developers? There were mailing lists for eComStation since 90-th / 2000. So the developers could discuss hot topics.

Q4: What is the reward for standalone developers which collaborate with Arca Noae? Do you provide free Neo OS/2 licenses? Free Arca Noae subscription, etc?

Q5: What File System Structure is selected for Neo OS/2? // the developers have elaborated eComStation File System Structure in the past.

Events / New OS/2 distribution
« on: October 24, 2015, 01:53:21 am »
As you know, Arca Noae signed the agreement with IBM corporation and goes distribute New OS/2 --

Several questions to Arca Noae:
1) What is the market for Blue Lion?
What application will be the main application of this OS?
and what new application (or applications) wll be developed?
Else, what is the difference from eComStation?

2) How to become reseller of computers with OS/2 pre-installed. The OS can't be distributed on USB flash or DVD only. It should be pre-installed on computers. This is the main (real) channel of modern OS distribution.
Else, what is the reason to spend efforts to the development.

3) The system should include 30 .. 50 additional applications / extenders / utilities by default. Only those applications which are included to CD1 are distributed among all users. Standalone apps which are not included, are used by 0.001% of users. Question: Show the list of applications, utilities, extenders which will be included to CD1. Else, poor state of the developers of OS/2 applications will not change.

Article Discussions / Re-energizing OS/2
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:52:13 am »

Interview: Discussing Re-energizing OS/2 with Lewis Rosenthal --

// OS/2 Guru Jam Session

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