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Hardware / Preparing an USB Flash drive with FAT32 with DFSee
« on: November 13, 2017, 12:57:41 am »

I don't know much about DFSee, and  I wanted to try several USB Flash drives (16GB, 8GB) with ArcaOS. But I noticed that if you just format those on Windows 10 as FAT32 it will not work on ArcaOS.

Can someone please show me the steps to prepare the USB Flash drive with DFSee since I'm starting to learn how to use it?

Is there other way (without DFSee) to prepare a 8GB or 16GB flash drive with FAT32 so it can be recognized on ArcaOS?


Hardware / Hardware Reports / Reviews - More - MORE !!!!
« on: November 09, 2017, 02:19:37 pm »

I was wondering if there is interest on publishing "quick" hardware reports on the OS2World Wiki.

I had made some examples of Hardware I had been testing with ArcaOS 5.0.1 and I will post them on this thread.

- Lenovo Gaming Precision Mouse
- Lenovo Multi-function Mouse M300
- Genius KB-19e NB Keyboard
- Genius Scorpion K10 Gaming Keyboard
- Genius Scorpion K9 Gaming Keyboard
- Lenovo Wireless Touchpad K5923
And reported by other parties.
- Logitech Illuminated wireless keyboard K800
- Belkin F8E206 USB Keyboard
- Logitech Unifying Transceiver
- Logitech Wireless Mouse M280

Please post your reviews, I just need the hardwareID and some quick comments.


Applications / WPS File Types. What do you think?
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:04:44 pm »

I was wondering the other day about OS/2's WPS File Types that are installed by default. There are several ones like "COBOL code", "Fortran Code", "Webexplorer URL" and others (it is just an example, COBOL lovers please don't freak out) that I don't think should be on the base OS, but it should be optionally installed if the program that manages that types is installed too.

A "File Type" is a definition that can be created on OS/2 and associated to several file extensions and different software to open it.
Here I wrote a little articles about playing with those "File Types" and file extensions.

Do you think it make sense to update that "File Types" and try to make it more current? or maybe that "File Types" was not a good idea on the first place and should not be touched anymore?


Web applications / Web/Browser Applications
« on: October 21, 2017, 05:36:50 pm »

I though I had a previous post when I posted some web applications that I found running under OS/2's browser but I was not able to found those.

I found that there is some "web based" LibreOffice right here:

It is not that LibreOffice was ported to the web, it is more like a virtual Linux desktop on the browser that runs the application.

It run slow to me, but runs on Firefox. Give it a try and let me know.


Setup & Installation / ArcaOS 5.0.1 on Dual Boot.
« on: October 14, 2017, 05:27:39 pm »

This weekend I was trying to install ArcaOS on a non UEFI, non GPT machine with Windows 10 preinstalled.

I think I'm getting the usual limitations of ArcaOS installation tools.
- "Disk 1 reports a corrupt partition table".
- "LVM Error ( 8 ) - Operation is not allowed" when I try to create the partition.

I read other forum post about it.  This is a non-destructive dual boot installation try to install ArcaOS, so I don't want to go forward with all the partition wiping.

I had tried the included tools like "Disk Utility" and "Resize Partition". "Disk Utility" does not report any issue and "Resize Partition" tell me "No Resizable Partitions Found"

These are my questions:

1) Is there another way to fix how ArcaOS see the partitions without Dfsee ?  (without wiping the hard drive)
2) If I use DfSee, what should I change?
3) In my opinion I consider this an ArcaOS limitation where there is space for improvement, since there is no "corrupt table" on the disk and since Windows is preinstalled  (sadly) on the machines it will be the most common OS to dual boot. Was there any discussion about this on the past ?

I attach some screenshots of the partition layout, so maybe someone can point out if I'm doing something wrong. I'm trying to create a partition on the first 10GB free space of the HDD.


Article Discussions / Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:27:11 am »

In reference to this article:

First of all, Qt has shown that it has a lot of interesting application and a lot of Qt apps has been ported to the OS/2 platform, that is why I think it is very important to have Qt 5.5 ported too. Bitwise has also demonstrated that they can deliver what they offer and have OS/2 skilled developers. I think we all need to help and donate to this fund raising started by OS2VOICE.

The other thing interesting about the OS2VOICE post is what it says "But having Q.T. will also make it easier to port the Chromium web browser to OS/2. " The important browsers on the wild are Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari. Dumping Firefox for smaller and experimental browser will not be nice, but dumping Firefox for Chromium makes a lot more sense. If having  Qt 5.5 will help the developers to have Chromium ported there is another reason why we need to support a Qt port.

What I think it needs more information is why it is so hard to port RUST to OS/2 and why "It is unlikely that RUST will ever be ported to OS/2." If someone can post more information about this subject, it will be great.



I was tweaking the network configuration of computer without a network card. It was recognized as "no network card" and I removed it and leave all network adapters blank. I close the "Adapters and Protocols" application and save all changes.

I opened again "Adapters and Protocols app" and I got this message:
PROTOCOL.INI does not contain a valid [IBMLXCFG] section. Unable to continue.
And I can not access "Adapters and Protocols app" anymore.

Does anybody experienced this problem or know how to fix it?


Hardware / Post 2010 Laptops running ArcaOS
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:07:18 am »

I was working on the OS2World wiki last weekend and organizing a little bit the "Laptops page".

It made me wonder if it will make some sense to try to put some focus on the "Hardware" area of the wiki this year with reported ArcaOS working hardware on the wiki this year.

If so, it will make sense to me to start documenting some "Post 2010" laptops on the wiki, ( I mean laptops manufactured on the year 2010 or later). Which it does not mean that you are not free to document older laptops, but post 2010 year will be my focus.

If you want to help me this with this please post your experience with your post-2010 laptop on this thread (or send me by email) and post the following:

Detach anything from your laptop ports.
- Laptop model name and brand
- Laptop model number
- PCI.exe report ("[C:\sys\install\detect\pci.exe >pciout.txt")
- General Comments: Any special remark on how you installed ArcaOS, or any trick you used to make some specific device to work.

- Any ideas of what other hardware report will be interesting? is pci.exe enough to have more details of what is attached to the USB ports?

Let me know if you want to share on this initiative.


Applications / How to fit ArcaOS 5.0.1 ISO into a CD
« on: September 22, 2017, 06:39:31 pm »

I got this question by e-mail, and now I also want to try it for an old computer.
ArcaOS 5.0.1 ISO burns and works nice a DVD, but I want to try it on a 700MB CD and it is obvious it doe not fit.

Any ideas, tricks, or it just imposible? I want to install ArcaOS 5.0.1 on a old Aptiva (Only CD, no DVD) that I have here just for the fun of it.


Setup & Installation / Converting GPT to MBR
« on: September 20, 2017, 03:06:06 pm »
Hi Sigurd.

Can you please repost the information about converting GPT (GUID Partition Table) to MBR (Master Boot Record) ?
That post got delete on the forum restore and making this was on my TODO to try installing ArcaOS in Dual boot without removing the Win10 partition.


General Discussion / Trying to get the forums back.
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:09:34 pm »

I'm trying to get the forums back. Sadly this was my latest backup (July) so I'm sorry I was not able to get any newer message.
User that registered after mid July 2017 may experience some issues, please contact me at if you can not access the forums.

I'm not sure if everybody is able to login, please reply to this message to see if it works.


Applications / About Local Translations - Launchpad ?
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:50:18 pm »

Something that I found interesting on how to make local translations to Ubuntu is the web tool that they use.

The Launchpad site ( allows the community to translate lines of text on a very easy and collaborative way.

But I don't know if the Launchpad is open source and if on OS/2 we can have the same way to integrate the translations made by the community on the web to the OS.


Applications / Firefox 45 Installation
« on: May 20, 2017, 05:10:00 pm »

I'm just trying to install Firefox 45, but it seems to me that some of the libraries are missing on Netlabs RPM.

According to the readme you need to install "libstdc++6 nspr nss libicu pixman cairo pango fontconfig freetype libkai libvpx libjpeg-turbo libpng zlib bzip2 hunspell libcx"

Can someone please confirm or deny that?

[C:\]yum install libvpx libjpeg-turbo libpng zlib bzip2 hunspell libcx
Setting up Install Process
Package libvpx-1.6.1-1.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
No package libjpeg-turbo available.
Package libpng-1.6.28-1.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
Package zlib-1.2.11-1.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
Package bzip2-1.0.6-6.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
No package hunspell available.
Package libcx-0.5.2-1.oc00.pentium4 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do


Applications / Share your ArcaOS screenshots
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:05:36 pm »

Please share your ArcaOS screenshots. Just whatever you consider interesting or maybe just how you like to customize your desktop, or even running all your favorite apps.

The idea is to create a little gallery on the OS2World wiki.


Programming / What is needed for Javascript apps??
« on: May 15, 2017, 05:15:25 pm »

Like always I don't know much about this subject and that is why I'm asking.
What is needed to have javascript applications running under OS/2 as compiled applications?

I noticed that now it is very common for developers to quickly create multiplatform javascript applications that runs on web, iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows and Linux, and those are very small team of people, so I'm guessing that the magic happens on the framework.

Is it the trick to have node.js ported to OS/2-eCS-ArcaOS ?

For example I was checking Riot IM (Chat tool). It runs on several platforms and also on OS/2's Firefox (with videoconference and audio limitations). Riot seems to use node library (node.js), libEGL -  LIBGLES(Mesa EGL) and ffmpeg.

What about the javascript implementation that is on Firefox for OS/2? can something of that be reused to be able to run the apps directly on the OS with the browser?

I also looked arround to see any "Node.js over Qt" implementation, I found some projects, but nothing that I can notice for sure that it is working. Any comments or experience on that idea?


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