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Article Discussions / Re: EDM/2 - September Updates - IBM Publications
« on: October 15, 2013, 07:11:50 pm »
By the way.

I also got permission to republish the entire book "Rexx Reference Summary Handbook" by Richard K. Goran (He was also the pubisher). His wife gave me permission to republish it since he passed away on 1999.

But I need help to do this. I don't have the book and if anybody can help me scanning it, it will help me a lot to post it on the EDM/2 wiki.


Article Discussions / Re: EDM/2 - September Updates - IBM Publications
« on: October 12, 2013, 03:27:19 pm »

I was checking the OS/2 Device Driver Kit CDROM- 2004  (aprox 2004/10/07).

I noticed all this documentation that will be interesting for the EDM/2 Wiki:

- ALP Assembler Reference
- Display Device Driver Reference
- GRADD Device Driver Reference
- Input/Output Device Driver Reference
- Multimedia Device Driver Reference
- Physical Device Driver Reference
- Presentation Device Driver Reference
- Pen for OS/2 Device Driver Reference
- Printer Device Driver Reference
- Storage Device Driver Reference
- Virtual Device Driver Reference
- Multimedia Test Suite Documentation
- LAN Device Driver Documentation
- OO Audio Device Driver Documentation
- 'Using Your DDK' Build Instructions

The majority of this articles has the following copyright notice:

Copyright Notices

COPYRIGHT LICENSE: This publication contains printed sample application programs in source language, which illustrate OS/2 programming techniques. You may copy, modify, and distribute these sample programs in any form without payment to IBM, for the purposes of developing, using, marketing or distributing application programs conforming to the OS/2 application programming interface.

Each copy of any portion of these sample programs or any derivative work, which is distributed to others, must include a copyright notice as follows: "(C) (your company name) (year). All rights reserved."

(C) Copyright International Business Machines Corporation 1997. All rights reserved.
Note to U.S. Government Users - Documentation related to restricted rights - Use, duplication or disclosure is subject to restrictions set forth in GSA ADP Schedule Contract with IBM Corp.

I think this is good, but I will need to request the formal approval from IBM to respost this content because it does not clearly say you can repost the text, it says you can use the "source language"


1) Does anybody knows any newer documentation than the "OS/2 Device Driver Kit CDROM- 2004  (aprox 2004/10/07)." ?

2) Where was the USB libraries documentation posted by IBM? I also want to include it on the request?

3) Do you have any thoughts about any other interesting IBM publication that is worthy requestion permission to re-publishing.


Article Discussions / Re: ecs 2.2
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:27:44 pm »
Hi Sigurd

I don't think is that bad yet.

For example I see David Azarewicz that sends some announcements from time to time of the drivers he updates, so I think he is still being paid. Plus I haven't hear any complains from other teams that work with Mensys.

I want to think that there are late with the deadlines. 

But, if the worst scenario happens, we should request Mensys to release the source code of his drivers, and start building our own OS/2 distro from IBM latests public fixpacks files :)

Article Discussions / Re: ecs 2.2 - what about Mensys?
« on: October 10, 2013, 03:21:30 pm »
Please remember that we are speculating. This speculation happens because we haven't hear anything from Mensys.

1.) Does Mensys still have the Licence agreement with IBM? As assumed here (Please use Online translator) the agreement ended in 2013

I personally think (opinion) that Mensys never had an agreement with IBM. Serenity System is the company that has the agreement with IBM and I think they are intermediaries with Mensys. But nobody ever questioned where is "Serenity Systems" today. Notice that eComStation page reference SSI.

I think that the agreement with IBM is not hard at all. You sell OEM license and at the end of the month you pay IBM for how much you sold. The only intervention with IBM I guess is "how many OEM did you sold this month?"... and "send over my check".

I don't think that Mensys will comment on this, because it is not polite (or maybe legal) to discuss the detail of your partnerships agreement.

General Discussion / Re: The Mascot
« on: October 10, 2013, 04:00:22 am »
Thanks for the article Barbara.

....but I'm trying to find out where I read that about Captain Warp, I think it was an old web page.

General Discussion / The Mascot
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:54:33 pm »
I remember that long time ago we used to have some discussion in a OS/2 forum, I don't think it was on OS2World but I'm not sure.

The discussion was if OS/2, eComStation (the Warp Community in general) should have a mascot, what should it be.
I even think there used to be a contest and some mascots showed up like "Captain Warp" and others.

I know it is not a critical discussion, but if I have to choose a mascot it will be an Elephant.

Why an Elephant?
Because it reminds me the OS/2 Warp evil registration screen that IBM made for all of us.

Remember this bad boy?

So an Elephant mascot inspired on this character will be good for me :)

What name should I put this Mascot?

I will name this mascot Art Chron, but just call it "Arty".  Remember why?

I don't know why this came to my mind, but If anybody remembers where I read this discussion long time ago, or if anybody has a link, please let me know. 

General Discussion / Re: Backgroud celebrating 25 years old of OS/2 Warp
« on: October 01, 2013, 02:51:50 pm »
Hi Barbara.

About Hobbes: I used to have contact with a student that was hired to made a major overhauling to Hobbes, but sadly the student switch from the University of New Mexico and I lost contact. I'm not sure how much human intervention are on the hobbes file procesing this days.

I was trying to find an open source script that can have the same functionality of hobbes, to try to convince to move hobbes to something more standard (something like a Joomla but for files) but I was not able to find a good file-sharing script, that can be customize to be similar to hobbes. Any suggestion are welcome.

About OSFree: I want to this project to succedd, but it needs help. The main developers of this projects are busy with their real life works.

I want an open source OS/2 clone, but I think that everybody that tried that just make the first shot too big trying to cover up everything. I prefer to narrow it down by only starting with WPS classes over eComStation reusing the stuff we have (XWorkplace, XShadows, etc). That is my approach and it is open for discussion (if anybody wants to discuss it please read the blog), but sadly I'm not a developer and I have not been successful inspiring developer to join this phase on an open source OS/2 clone project.

But I  got a lot of moral support on this subject :)  I think that if I get the interested developers and build with them the development plan, I can try raising some funds to pay something to the developers.

General Discussion / Re: Backgroud celebrating 25 years old of OS/2 Warp
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:17:31 am »

Nice backgrounds, just reupload the file as "" instead of "".

I guess that is going to "" is going to be deleted by hobbes.


Programming / Razor-Qt and OS/2
« on: September 28, 2013, 03:43:55 am »
I was checking some time ago the Razor-Qt project. Which is a Qt desktop environment.

I was hoping that it can be ported to OS/2, but checking its dependencies seems we are missing some:

    Qt 4.6 or above (inluding QtDBus) - YES
    X11: - (very old?)
    libmagic (usually part of the "file" package) (No)
    zlib (Yes)

I'm not sure about the X11 stuff, I know we have some X11 ported but it is old.

It will be interesting to try to port this to OS/2-eCS but it don't seems feasible. Any comments from someone that has more development/porting experience?


Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: September 27, 2013, 05:34:24 am »
FreeRapid Downloader seems to be working too. I downloaded a YouTube video with it.

"FreeRapid is an easy to use Java downloader that supports downloading from Rapidshare, Youtube, Facebook, Picasa and other file-sharing services, include the new ones like "

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: September 27, 2013, 05:24:10 am »
JClic seems to be working too:

"JClic is a platform for the creation, playing and evaluation of multimedia educational activities, developed in the Java platform."

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:34:29 pm »
Thanks Ivan, Andy.

I was not able to make GreenFoot to run. I had installed the SDK but the installer didn't allowed me to continue.

I will try it out.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:56:30 pm »
About some other Java apps.

I noticed GreenFoot ( and Alice ( but I was no able to make them run. Not because of any error, I just didn't found the right way to call the .jar.  (both seems to be platform independent, but I don't know).


Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:53:19 pm »
Hi Neil

Sorry, I don't have a way to work SmartGit with eComStation. I had been using git.exe on eCS to upload some source code. (I use smartgit on the Windows partition).

I wrote this quick article of using git and github on eComStation:

Hi Andi B.

The page: shows all the repositories under the group "Os2World". The one that gets the code updated shows on the top. But please notice that my goal here was not to activate all the projects, my goal was to have the source code of OS/2 related projects to have more visibility for people that want to start coding, or possible to continue the projects for this platform.

About the timeline, check an active development repository. For example:

You can see activity graphs:
The fork network graph:
Something called pulse:
And the issues posted:

I'm also still learning github, but I think this may be a good start.


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