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Applications / How to list the OBJECTID names on WPS ?
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:39:23 pm »

I forgot which was the way to see the "ObjectID" of a folder or program on the WPS desktop.

For example when creating an Object on WarpIn:

                                 ▲              ▲                 ▲                        ▲
                                 ▲              ▲                 ▲                        ▲
                              WPSClass     Name     Parent folder OID       ObjectID.

What was the easy way to know the ObjectIDs on the objects of the desktop for example. Any Script or Utility suggestion is welcome.

I know it should be easy but I just forgot about it.


Applications / SDL on the Netlabs RPM Repository
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:56:04 pm »

I found this package on the netlabs RPM called "sdl" (1.2.15), it contains and installs SDL12.DLL and SDL120.DLL.

If I run an SDL program like "Alien Blaster" pointing to that  SDL12.DLL I get this problem:
"SYS0191: SDL12 cannot be run in an OS/2 session."

Alien Blaster works fine again if I use from Hobbes.

My questions are:
Do you consider that the "sdl" package on netlabs RPM is wrong in some way, because of the error I got ?
Do you know if there is another RPM package that includes SDL.DLL, SDLMIXER.DLL, etc ?


Programming / Compiling an OS/2 Driver
« on: December 27, 2017, 03:12:33 pm »

I want to make some little experiment to learn to compile a simple driver on OS/2, and if something works write some little/quick thing for EDM/2.

I have zero experience on this area (just like when I compiled some PM samples). I'm just interested on the process of compiling the driver, since developing a driver is a lot more complex.

Do you recommend any drivers that is very straight forward to compile, just to try to understand the procedure ?

I have the IBM Device Driver Kit (Dated on 2004), so I can also use the tools and samples from it. And I also have some driver source code samples on the OS2World github.


Multimedia / Saving OS/2 icons - OS/2 icon format in 2017
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:14:07 pm »

Just checking some other forum thread I became with this issue I always have about OS/2 icons. If I would like to save an icon in OS/2 format in 2017, on a modern display and resolution, which format should I have to select on IconEditor ?

For example, I had been saving some Icons on "Independent Small Color Form", in 1.x format and at 128x128 (I don't care much about the file size). And I had been using both IconEdit and PMView .

I know that if I save it on 2.x format it will show fine on the desktop, but it will be broken on IconEdit (Seems to be a limitation on IconEdit).

What is your experience with OS/2 formatted icons?


General Discussion / ReactOS 0.4.7 released
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:47:55 am »
Just in case, this is an offtopic !!!

ReactOS 0.4.7 was released:

"ReactOS 0.4.7 has been released, and it contains a ton of fixes, improvements, and new features. Judging by the screenshots, ReactOS 0.4.7 can run Opera, Firefox, and Mozilla all at once, which is good news for those among us who want to use ReactOS on a more daily basis. There's also a new application manager which, as the name implies, makes it easier to install and uninstall applications, similar to how package managers on Linux work. On a lower level, ReactOS can now deal with Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, BtrFS, ReiserFS, FFS, and NFS partitions. "

I'm amazed by the progress made of this OS. I remember that the first versions sucked very bad and all the people were taking it as a joke. We may disagree if the OS is ready or not for non experimental use, but it is moving forward.

I envy their organization and will to create an open source clone of their favorite OS. (which sadly was not OS/2).


Applications / What is OS/2 AO-Manager ?
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:38:50 pm »

I'm updating some "Config.sys project" documentation and I found some that are used by something called IBM AO-Manager.

Does anybody knows what it is? Maybe it is something that has other name but I don't found much with that name on google.



General Discussion / Good Bye Net Neutrality
« on: November 26, 2017, 02:12:39 pm »

Net Neutrality is dying on December in the US. My only friends that are in favor of this are the ones that works on ISP and Carriers companies, the rest just think ISP will take advantage and will try to rip us money in any way.

The ISP/Carriers says, "Don't worry, this will only hit the big ones like Amazon, Google, Netflix...". So they will be like Robin Hood, stealing from the rich (Amazon, Google, Netflix) to give it to poor (AT&T, Verizon, ComCast)... wait, that is not the poor !!!. And it is almost for sure if you "tax" Amazon, Google and Netflix they will find a way to make the consumer pay back ( selling our data to Skynet to make it easy to kill all of us)

Just rest sure that OS2World will never pay the "fast line".

Today I'm reading about this Service(Free and paid options)/Device/Software (open source) called ZeroTier:

Taking The Profit Out Of Killing 'Net Neutrality' (From
Robert Cringely has a plan to ensure that internet providers will never profit from the end of net neutrality:

We are being depended upon to act like sheep -- Internet browsing sheep, if such exist -- and without a plan that's exactly what we'll be. The key to my plan is that this is a rare instance where consumers are not alone. There are just as many or more huge companies that would prefer to keep Net Neutrality as those that oppose it... Those companies in favor of Net Neutrality obviously include the big streamers like Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and a bunch of others. They also includes nearly every big Internet concern including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft. Those are some pretty big friends to have on your side -- our side...

So I suggest we all join ZeroTier (ZT), a thriving networking startup operating in Irvine, California. There are other companies like it but I just think ZeroTier is presently the best. ZeroTier is a very sophisticated Virtual Private Network (VPN) company that has created a Software Defined Network that goes beyond what normal VPNs are capable of. To your computer or almost any other networked device (even your smart phone), ZT looks like an Ethernet port, whether your device has Ethernet or not. Through that virtual Ethernet port you connect to a virtual IPv6 Local Area Network that's as big as the Internet itself, though the only users on this overlay network are ZT members.

The trick is to get all those big companies that are pro-Net Neutrality to join ZT. The most it will cost even Netflix is $750 per month, which is probably less than the company spends on salad bars in their Los Gatos HQ. Embracing ZT doesn't mean rejecting the regular Internet. Netflix can still be reached the old fashion way. I just want them to add a presence on ZT, too... What the ISPs won't like about this plan is that ZT traffic can't be read to determine what rules or pricing to apply. They could throttle it all down, but throttling that much traffic isn't really practical.

I don't complete understand it yet. I will keep  reading.


Article Discussions / ArcaOS Wishlist - 6 months !!
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:24:05 pm »

ArcaOS was released like 6 months ago (May 15, 2017) and I think it will be a good time to have some discussion about what YOU think about ArcaOS.  I had seen people jumping on other forum threads giving their opinion on what should be a priority and what not. I think it will be better to use this thread to do that.

From my personal point of view I have my wishlist based on my needs and hopes which I complete understand differs from other opinions.

Short Term - Drivers
People still scream for drivers and there are different needs, but my personal needs is in this order:
- Wifi (Listed as Short Term Projects on AN Roadmap)
- USB 3.0 - In my case I need it to install ArcaOS on devices that does not have USB 2.0 ports, CDs or Legacy compatibility for USB. (Listed as Long Term Projects on AN Roadmap)
- GTP : To make it easy to install ArcaOS on HDD if you want dual boot.  (Listed as Long Term Projects on AN Roadmap)
- UEFI : It is where the market is going. There are some Intel PCs that does not have Legacy mode.
- Support for accessing unpartitioned/non-LVM USB sticks (large floppy) greater than 2GB. To make life easier also. (Listed as Long Term Projects on AN Roadmap)

Mid Term - Apps
ArcaOS does not have a roadmap of which software frameworks should be ported to have Apps under the platform. The easy way is to say it is "just and OS" and I don't care what it is running on it, but if you don't have apps, why use the OS on the first place?
It is obvious that they primary goal of ArcaOS was to run OS/2 applications made with OS/2's API (CPI, PM, SOM, WPS, REXX, etc) and I think that goal is accomplished with ArcaOS 5.0. Now what about the present? If someone wants to develop something for ArcaOS what it should use?
1) IBM OS/2 Toolkit was be repackaged and included on RPM, that was good. But maybe it needs more like a facelift to include more samples, and updated documentation on how to compile the samples today on 2017, and maybe even rebrand it with a new name and version to match ArcaOS.
2) ArcaOS Open Toolkit. I think it is worthy to promote that ArcaOS has open source libraries and tool that can be used to also create software under the platform. This should also be seen as an strategic part of the OS that allows developers to create and port software.  (Even if there are people that counts the microseconds comparing a PM app vs. a Qt App, those can keep using the classic OS/2 API)
3) Qt 5 is important to have it as part of the "open toolkit". Let's hope that can happen with Bitwise.
4) More frameworks. I think that there is missing one or two more modern frameworks on the platform, but this is something I didn't set my mind on. I feel like there are very interesting things on GTK and the Node.js frameworks.

Long Term
Maybe six months it is still not enough time to get a long term strategy. This is the hard spot and where everybody will reply to me "Don't fix what it is not broken".

Does the OS/2 platform should have a long term strategy? Or the strategy should be "Will the last person leaving, please turn out the lights"

When you buy ArcaOS you need to pay the "IBM tax" (the cost of the OS/2 license that IBM negotiated with Arca Noae), that is in part what makes ArcaOS expensive (Mainframe guys, please don't compare prices here). Also the soul of OS/2, which I think are CPI, PM, SOM and WPS,  are close source without any possibility to be enhanced, fixed or open sourced.

Maybe like Lynn H. Maxson said on some Warpstock, we need to progressively open source parts of OS/2. I had been told that  is almost sure that if someone wants to clone PM or SOM, the first version will suck very bad. They tell it to me like if there is no way to improve software over time or like version 1.0 has to be 100% bug free, which is not how the software development cycle works. Since this is a long term strategy I think it will be good to nurture the open source replacement from crappy to something that can work over time, instead of thinking it as a Big bang miss or hit thing.

1) Evolving XWorkplace to try to reduce the dependency on WPS classes until it became a fully parallel desktop workplace object classes running on SOM. (little by little)
2) Hacking PM and CPI to replace and improve some of the API functions (little by little).
3) Revolving SOM by trying to get the leftovers of Netlabs SOM and SOMfree to see if some useful SOM replacement can be generated from it. (little by little)

Why do I still insist on Open Source? Because we already had been dumped three times, one by IBM, second by Serenity Systems and the third by Mensys/XEU. Open source is just a way to reduce the risk in case of a fourth dump and eventually (with a lot of hard work) it will release us from the IBM tax.

So, let's have fun, post your wishlist.


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?


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