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General Discussion / Mobile OS/2 kernel for ARM-based devices
« on: June 02, 2017, 04:43:28 pm »
Has anyone ever considered creating a mobile OS/2 version?

Is there any work in that area?  I can see the need for a new Presentation Manager, one that is backward compatible but revamps the presentation from its native form to a mobile display.  I have created a concept for my Visual FreePro language called mashing.  You take a standard form that looks like whatever it looks like, and then run a mash on top of it.  The mash can re-colorize, re-scale, substitute text, add a new appearance, or just do a copy-and-paste re-arrange of the original content.

The mash presentation algorithms trap keyboard and mouse events properly and send them to the correct handler in the original form below, only that upper surface visible layer exists for UI in the mash.

Maybe something like that would be doable, as a Presentation Manager Mash layer that would allow users to create the mashes whenever a screen is displayed, completely independent of any changes to the underlying OS/2 software.

I have a lot of ideas, and a lot of skills and abilities.  I do not have resources or funds to work on these projects as I desire to.  If anyone knows how I can get funding to complete these projects, I would be willing to work full-time on them.

Thank you,
Rick C. Hodgin

General Discussion / OS/2 history
« on: June 01, 2017, 09:23:12 pm »
I had someone tell me something today about OS/2 that I've never heard before.

He says he worked at IBM during the OS/2 years, and that Microsoft never actually stopped working on OS/2, but rather there was code in OS/2 that was licensed from Microsoft and IBM continued to pay Microsoft to develop it until IBM decided to pull the plug much later.  He says Microsoft didn't leave OS/2.

He paints it as a picture like Microsoft worked on Windows NT and OS/2 and wasn't any part of the cause of OS/2 being less than stellar in its market share gains.  He also states Microsoft is the reason they couldn't release the source code, because of the parts licensed from Microsoft.

Does anybody have knowledge of this?

Thank you,
Rick C. Hodgin

Storage / HPFS and JFS internal definition specifications
« on: June 01, 2017, 04:48:39 pm »
Can somebody point me to a link for HPFS and JFS specs showing the physical layout of data in those file formats?

And is there an open source implementation of these file systems?  I'd like to write one if not.

Thank you,
Rick C. Hodgin

Programming / Git for OS/2 ?
« on: May 30, 2017, 11:54:20 pm »
Is there a functional Git utility for OS/2?  I found this with a Google search, but I can't tell if it's complete:

Thank you,
Rick C. Hodgin

Setup & Installation / Arca OS boot from an external USB hard drive
« on: May 30, 2017, 05:29:41 pm »
I have a notebook computer I was able to install a separate hard drive into and get Arca OS to install.  I then took the hard drive out and put my original back in, and plugged in a USB adapter to my internal hard drive.  It boots from BIOS, and begins to load several drivers, but then comes up with a halt message.

I'm wondering if there is USB hard drive support for booting?  Maybe I need to move a driver up in the stack?

And if not, I'm wondering if I could help add that feature to OS/2?  I would see it as desirable to be able to have my OS/2 install on a portable hard drive I can use when needed, since it won't install on my > 512 GB main hard drive in the notebook.

Thank you,
Rick C. Hodgin

Setup & Installation / Arca OS and WiFi
« on: May 30, 2017, 03:26:58 am »
Are there any drivers that work with various WiFi hardware variations?  I have tried on two Toshiba Notebooks (one from 2007, the other from 2015), and neither of them recognize the WiFi.

Thank you,
Rick C. Hodgin

Programming / Open source OS/2 projects that need help?
« on: May 29, 2017, 10:29:38 pm »
Are there any open source projects that are underway that could use some additional help?  I'd like to work with someone on an existing project to learn how to use these tools (Visual Age 4, OpenWatcom, and GCC for OS/2) in an OS/2 developer environment.

If anyone has a project that would benefit from someone with strong assembly/C/C++ skills, please let me know.

Thank you,
Rick C. Hodgin

Applications / Visual FoxPro 3.0 on OS/2 Warp 4 and Arca OS
« on: May 24, 2017, 06:56:15 pm »
I'm wondering if anybody knows the legal ramifications of reverse engineering the OS/2 win32 support?  There are some APIs that Visual FoxPro 3.0 requires that cause it to not run on OS/2, though it would run on a full version of Windows 3.11 by Microsoft.

I am considering creating a wrapper DLL which would embrace some of those Win32 1.1 specs, initially just those which are used by Visual FoxPro 3.0, but ultimately any that would be required for other apps, so that we could get more modern Win32 apps up and running (at least many that would work on Win95).

If it's legal, I may consider investing some time on this as I program in Visual FoxPro daily, and I would gladly leave Windows forever if I could get this environment up and running.

Thank you,
Rick C. Hodgin

Events / WarpStock is live on YouTube
« on: November 04, 2016, 01:26:00 pm »
WarpEvents channel on YouTube for WarpStock 2016 in Florida:

Schedule of events:

Best regards,
Rick C. Hodgin

General Discussion / ES/2 open source OS/2 kernel
« on: April 01, 2016, 03:13:09 pm »
This thread is created to discuss the creation of the next-generation OS/2 operating system, one which removes some legacy baggage in the base OS/2 design, and extends the functionality of the kernel to include some features which have been introduced in the past 15 years, including an augment to the basic UI to include 3D graphics and a new driver model which uses nodes and node connections rather than manual settings as their primary form of setting things up (see an example of this node system here in Blender's 3D software node editor).

I am open to thoughts, suggestions on this migration.  Please know that it comes from examining the base OS/2 kernel design, along with its CPI and portions of its API.  There are simply some things which no longer seem completely relevant, and can be replaced with a few similar abilities for those people who have real needs in those areas.

Ultimately I would also like for Exodus OS/3 to be a full hypervisor, allowing for guest OSes (including OS/3 and the existing versions of OS/2) to run within the machine virtually.

All it takes is the lot of us working together and we can do this. :-)

Best regards,
Rick C. Hodgin

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