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Applications / Do you really need DOS/WIN16 Support?
« on: March 11, 2017, 05:55:22 pm »
I'm just trying to understand the weight of the legacy on this subject, so the question is "Do you really need DOS/WIN16 Support as OS/2 Warp offers it?"

It can be interesting to know:
1) Which DOS and Windows 3.1 applications are still needed ? Please list the name of it.
2) Why can not DOSBox with Win3.1 installed can it be used?
3) Why it is needed to be WIN16 integrated VM on OS/2?

If you know a friend of a friend that works on a place that may uses OS/2's Win16, please try to find the industry and name of the software that they are running or that company.


Applications / Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: March 06, 2017, 02:09:42 pm »

I assume we are getting close to the finish line for ArcaOS to be released since there haven't been any change of schedule announced by Arca Noae. If everythings turns ok (according to the latest Arca Noae news) the OS will be relased on end of March, and for what Lewis told us on Warpstock he won't be releasing it on April 1st :)

Sure, they will be some guys trying it out the first day it cames out, some other will wait, but the question is, are you doing something to get ready for ArcaOS? Do you have any plan on where to try it out?

For the moment, I got myself an USB 16GB flash drive reserved for the installer and I want to boot it from USB on different machines I got to see it works.

Some important risk that I found is that there is still no modern Wifi driver released by Arca Noae, so if it does not get released with ArcaOS,  that may became an important source of cristism for the OS.

Please share your thoughts.


Off Topic discussions / Genode OS Framework version 17.02
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:29:33 pm »

As an off topic things I always like to see what is happening on other OSes project, specially on microkernel/hybrid kernel projects... and I also think it is a good idea to make friends outside the OS/2 community :)

Yesterday I got the message that "Genode OS Framework version 17.02" was released.

For a brief summary:

- Genode application binary interface (ABI)
- Enhanced infrastructure for virtual file systes (VFS)
  - VFS support for synchronous I/O and reconfiguration
  - Rump-kernel-based file systems as VFS plugin
  - Linux TCP/IP stack as VFS plugin
- New execution model of the C runtime
- Dynamically reconfigurable init component
- Generic user-input-processing component
- Improved SD-card drivers, added support for i.MX6
- Muen separation kernel updated to version 0.8

Applications / nss on RPM/YUM - Error z1.dll is needed
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:34:49 pm »

Bitwise posted some updates on the RPM/YUM packages on twitter, so today I was updating it with ANPM and I found that packages that starts with "nss-" gave me an error that I need z1.dll.

Any idea on which package is z1.dll included?


Programming / Questions about GPI?
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:28:35 pm »

I need to keep updating the EDM/2 API Project with the GPI functions, but I was wondering a few things and I don't know if someone with knowledge on this area can answer me this questions.

I understand that GPI are the drawing functions that allows the GUI to be "draw" on the computer and it is referenced a part of PM.  I was wondering what would a similar library to GPI on the open source world.

I understand that Qt is more similar to the other windows related functions in PM, but I'm not sure about GPI.

Also, On OS/2 Qt depends on PM (on the port Qt make calls to PM to draw the things on the screen), how Qt works in the Linux world? under which libraries does it run?


Article Discussions / OS/2 Books Fans?
« on: January 17, 2017, 06:43:24 pm »

I was updating the list of OS/2 development related book on the EDM/2 wiki:

I found it very useful to use the as the main site of each book. On the OpenLibrary it is possible for everybody to register and include more information of the book, like cover, links, editions, table of contents and/or a description.

So, if you have any favorite OS/2 books, check them out on and feel free to include any information that you found that is missing.  You can even create different public lists of favorite OS/2 books.


Events / FOSDEM 2017 - 4 & 5 February 2017 - Brussels, Belgium.
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:11:09 pm »
"FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate."
Days:  4 & 5 February 2017
Location: ULB Solbosch Campus, Brussels, Belgium, Europe, Earth.


I was wondering that it can be interesting for OS/2 Europe users to go to this event and try to grow some ties with the local open source movement.
OS/2 is not open source, but we use a lot of open source software over it. It can be good to describe OS/2 situation and share ideas with other software developers outside of the OS/2 community.

So, this is only and heads up for people near by!!


Web applications / What are we mising to run "Jitsi" on the Browser ?
« on: January 04, 2017, 04:18:08 pm »

Jitsi is an open source SIP tool for videconference.  It can run the client side on the browser (There are stand alone clients too, and you can download it to run your own server.  You can use the free service at: which I had tried on other platforms and it is quite interesting.

What  I understand that OS/2's port of Firefox is missing to run it is called "WebRTC."
According to this test ( we are missing:
- getUserMedia() - Web camera access
- RTCPeerConnection - Peer to Peer connection
- ICE Connection - Not supported

Outside Firefox I think we also miss a way to connect Wim Brul's USBECD (webcam driver) to firefox.

Any thoughts about this subject?


Applications / REXX libraries 1.1.1 (from Samba 1.3)
« on: December 08, 2016, 05:57:27 pm »

I noticed the new samba news and I'm installing to try it out.

It says to install "REXX libraries 1.1.1" as a requirement. (rxlib4smb.wpi) (12/07/2012)

I found two DLLs that are different in size from the ones I got.

I want to validate which is the latest version of these DLL's and correct size.


Applications / What is this desktop?
« on: December 08, 2016, 01:55:16 pm »
I'm just making some comments about the world of strange funny things.

I was looking at the picture of this article:

Initially I didn't paid attention to the picture but checking it out it looks... I don't know.... like it does not fit the regular OS/2 Warp 4. The navigation buttons, the "vertical bars" on the menu bar ? the warpcenter ?

I would vote that it is Windows Me with a OS/2 Warp theme.

Any comments?


Programming / Compiling the WPS CAR Sample from OS2TK45
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:38:12 pm »

I'm trying to learn how to compile a WPS class sample. So I think it can be a good idea to try to compile the CAR sample of the OS2TK45.

I just installed the OS2TK45 from the eCS 2.1 CD#2 with the sames without registering the classes.

My goal is only to generate the CAR.DLL for this samples. I checked the WPS Programming Guide, but I haven't found the info con how to compile the CAR sample, it just explain what it does.

Can someone please point me which should be steps to generate CAR.DLL with the OS2TK45?


Applications / XWP (xWorkplace) v1.0.11 beta3 Comments
« on: November 23, 2016, 10:51:58 pm »

xWorkplace v1.0.11 beta 3 is working fine here.

I'm trying to make xview the default view when I open some folders. I know it can be done with "Open as..." and pressing "Shift" to select the new default.

But I was wondering if there is different way to do the same but from the object properties. Does anybody know if there is other way to do the same?


Applications / Displaying Japanese Fonts on OS/2
« on: November 23, 2016, 10:33:08 pm »

I don't understand Japanese or have any intentions to learn it, but the other day I was trying some Japanese OS/2 software on my OS/2 VM and the characters does not display right. (Check attachment)

When I installed eCS on this VM I selected to install all the fonts, but it seems that something else is missing.

Any tips on how to make Japanese fonts to be displayed fine on the english OS/2 ?


Applications / VirtualBox 5.0.6 First Impressions
« on: November 10, 2016, 06:34:54 pm »

Please post your first impressions about the VirtualBox 5.0.6 beta port.

Screenshots and any tricks you are using are also welcome.

Remember also that the bugs goes to the SVN ticketing system:


Applications / Send me you OS/4 "DosSysCtl_API" Report
« on: October 10, 2016, 10:44:22 pm »

I'm trying to document more about what is inside OS2KRNL file. I was told that with OS/4 you can take a report of what CPI functions links from the kernel.

Please try using OS/4 for some hours, run some apps, do what you do and generate a report by using:

 DosSysCtl_API.exe > report.txt

DosSysCtl_API.exe is on the OS/4 server too. Send the file to me ( or post it here, so I can compare it and know the which functions are provided by kernel (implemented in kernel ). For what I know this exe collects info from the OS/4 kernel and counts the number of calls and list the ordinal. (in my humble knowledge of how this things work.)


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