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Martin Iturbide

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Booting OS/2 with an Animation
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:33:57 am »
Hi

A month ago I tried this Japanese software (from 1997) called ANIBOOT, since I did not believe it was possible to have an animation on the OS/2 boot. But I tried it and it worked. For what I tested it only works on Warp 4.0 (no newer) in Japanese language.

Here it is the video running it on a Virtual Machine: https://youtu.be/xxx6abgH-mY

Sadly, the author told me he left the source code at IBM when leaving.

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Re: Booting OS/2 with an Animation
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2019, 08:42:50 pm »
Also, I talked about this to two different guys at Warpstock and didn't know anything about it.

I'm posting this as a reminder to show them when I got the chance  ;D ;D

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Re: Booting OS/2 with an Animation
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2019, 12:45:58 am »
It seems that he modified the kernel.
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Re: Booting OS/2 with an Animation
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2019, 03:38:12 am »
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It seems that he modified the kernel.

That would be a good bet.

Why you would want an animation, is beyond me. All it does is slow down booting. Even Microsoft doesn't do silly things like that.

FWIW, if you really want some sort of animation. look at doing it with QSINIT. It could play a movie, and then boot OS/2. I don't know if there is a suitable player in QSINIT, but one could be written. QSINIT is a small operating system, and should be capable of doing it, even if it is just a series of static pictures.

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Re: Booting OS/2 with an Animation
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2019, 04:31:52 am »
2Martin: Also, OS/4 supports color logos created as GIF pictures. Not sure if it supports animated GIF's, but everything is possible ;)
Most probably, no, of course ;)

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Re: Booting OS/2 with an Animation
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2019, 12:50:38 pm »
Why you would want an animation, is beyond me. All it does is slow down booting. Even Microsoft doesn't do silly things like that.

Windows 7 has a boot up animation.  It plays in the foreground while Windows boots up in the background.  It was comprised of four window panes coalescing into a single window amid a light show.

Win 7 bootup animation

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Re: Booting OS/2 with an Animation
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2019, 01:49:50 pm »
Hi
I just found it interesting that on 1997 someone already hacked or binary changed the kernel to do something like this.

I personally like a "quiet boot" where you don't see any messages if the boot process is ok. It is like going from the "OS/2 square box", to the "Logo screen" and later to the "Desktop" without seeing any boot messages if you have no reported issues.

I think that an animated logo, not the way it is implemented as ANIBOOT, will be nice while the drivers are loading. I understand that ANIBOOT pauses your boot for the animation instead if running while the drivers are loading on the background.

Also, Windows 10 has the wait circle as boot animation, it is more formal that the stuff we had on the 90's, but it still an animation. On some Linux distros there was also a nice feature that you only see the boot logo, but if you pressed "Esc" you can switch to all the details of the stuff booting at that time.

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« Last Edit: November 22, 2019, 02:17:43 pm by Martin Iturbide »
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