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Applications / Boot Logos !!
« on: July 17, 2022, 05:52:53 pm »

Just as amusement and I had been collecting the OS/2 Boot logos that we have around, included an PNG and TXT file of it, rename the files as .LGO and release it as a single package.

The "Boot Logos Volume 1" was upload to hobbes on 2021-06-24, with aprox 50 boot logos.

I'm working on the next one (Boot Logos Volume 2) , but for the moment I only have nine.

If you have you own boot logo that you want to share, or any other you found awesome let me know. Just post it here.


Applications / Boycott Discussion
« on: May 27, 2022, 12:08:38 am »
Hi Roderick
From my perspective this way of fixing stuff is the same as throwing mutt at the wall and see if it sticks.
I think everybody is putting Glenn on the wrong foot to make him replace pmmerge.dll. It might fix the crash the but nobody even knows why the crash occurs in the first place. So if you backlevel the last version of pmmerge.dll with an older one. The program might start to work, but then what is broken ?
I mean its all well intended but what is causing the crash in the first place ? PMMERGE.DLL is pretty important system dll and not something that should just be swapped out like spare tire from the trunk of your car.

I took these words as your opinion and FUD against the OS4 development. Please open another thread if you want to express something else. We know that the OS4 development is experimental and for me it is categorised as a research/educational project. We have discussed that a lot on the forums, and I don't want to continue with that.

Sorry Glenn, let's try to get the "popuplog.os2 entry" as Roderick also said.


Games / DOS Game - Privateer - EMS - NOEMS (DOSBox / VDM)
« on: May 25, 2022, 05:29:07 am »

I was following someone in Twitter that wanted to run a DOS game under ArcaOS, but says it is not possible because some non common EMM386 use.

The game is Wing Commander Privateer.

When I run it on DOS VDM it says:
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Protected mode driver is not responding to EMS function calls.
Make sure your EMS driver is not configured with the NOEMS option.
If it is, replace the option "NOEMS" with "RAM".

Even that DOSBox says Privateer is compatible, on OS/2 I get this error (Attached). DOSBox 0.74 for Windows gave me the same error.

There is an old OS/2 DOS games compatibility list that says about Privateer:
-Origin is up to their usual tricks.  This one uses a proprietary
  memory manager, so it doesn't run OS/2.

Any ideas if this game can be run on OS/2 VMD or DOSBox? or there is no way to run it?


Article Discussions / Old Static Forum Updated
« on: May 20, 2022, 04:19:33 am »

I had updated the forum script of the OS2World Old Forum:
The script had been updated to Simple Machines Forum 2.1.2, which is the latest and have some improved layout.

But there is an issue that it has, but it does not apply to the oldforum, since it is read only. The reply box does not shows the text menu on older browsers like our Firefox 45. It works fine on Dooble, but again, it does not applies since the oldforum is a read only forum.

This means I will not be updating the currently OS2World forum to version 2.1.2 until Dooble became stable.


Programming / Desktop Apps from JavaScript - Electron?
« on: May 18, 2022, 02:32:24 pm »

As a theoretical exercise I want to know what would be required to port some javascript applications to run as desktop applications.

I will like to see Element, a Matrix chat tool, running as a desktop application. Currently Element is running on Dooble (You can test it here), so my guess is that we already have several of the libraries that it uses ported to OS/2.

But what is needed to have the "desktop" version of Element running on OS/2 as stand alone?
It seems that part of the trick is Electron ("If you can build a website, you can build a desktop app.")
It is needed for Electron to be ported? Is it some kind of compiler that will interpret Javascript to a desktop OS/2 app? Is it portable to OS/2 or we miss more things?


Off Topic discussions / Slowing Down But Not Hitting the Brakes
« on: May 12, 2022, 08:19:23 pm »
Hi Guys

I just want to share with you something off-topic and personal. Last friday (2022-05-06) my father passed away and I had been quite busy dealing with that issue.

My father worked for IBM since the 70’s till 1999 and I learned a lot of things from him that I used in my career and personal life. Thanks to him I learned OS/2 at its time and studied Computer Science. He was a great man and it had been a great loss for me and my family.

During this month I will be dealing with the usual local bureaucracy and taking a closer look to the family business with my brother.

I will be slowing down a little bit with OS2World during the next month, but I will keep connecting to check on a few things, slowly updating the hobbes archive, and I still have on my plans to assist Warpstock 2022 and stream the event with the help of the community.

Thanks to everyone for their condolence via e-mail and social networks.


Applications / Dooble: Websites / WebApps Testing
« on: April 25, 2022, 02:17:42 pm »

I would like to hear your feedback on the working and non working sites and web apps with the Dooble browser.

The Dooble browser for the moment is this version: dooble-2022.04.04-1.oc00.pentium4.rpm

It is on the netlabs exp RPM: "yum install dooble"

You can also post bug reports at:


Applications / Searching Files on the RPM
« on: April 12, 2022, 06:30:54 pm »

I usually get into the issue that someone tell me install xxxxx.exe or yyyy.dll from the rpm repository and I have no idea what is the name of the package.

I was suggested to use "yum whatprovides", for example "yum whatprovides */libcn0.dll"
The command used to work, but now it does not procedure any results.

Any ideas on how to search for files or what is going on?


Games / Storing DOS VMD Sessions settings.
« on: April 09, 2022, 11:36:04 pm »

I usually do not use too much the DOS VMD on ArcaOS, but lately I had been using some DOS games to test the USB gamepad compatibility.

I remember that there was a way to export/import DOS VDM sessions settings. There is the famous "DOSGames.set", but I don't remember (or maybe I never learned) how to use it.

What is the procedure to import/export the DOSGames.set on a DOS VDM Session?  Or did I misinterpreted it and there is no way to import/export the settings?


Programming / Compiling a PM sample with GCC
« on: March 30, 2022, 12:06:44 am »

I'm trying to compile a little PM sample, just for the fun of it.

It is:
The make file uses gcc, link386 and rc.

I run nmake and it shows me this error:

{2}[e:\projects\samplepack\pmwalker_r2] nmake

Operating System/2 Program Maintenance Utility
Version 4.00.001 Oct  4 2001
Copyright (C) IBM Corporation 1988-2001
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp. 1988-1991
All rights reserved.

        gcc -c -O2 walker.c
walker.c:30:10: fatal error: os2.h: No such file or directory
   30 | #include <os2.h>
      |          ^~~~~~~
compilation terminated.
NMAKE : fatal error U1077: 'C:\SYS\APPS\4OS2\4OS2.EXE' : return code '1'

I have OS2.h on "C:\usr\include\os2tk45"  and on the config.sys "SET INCLUDE=C:\usr\include\os2tk45"

Any idea why I have that error? Do I have to use other OS2.h ?


Programming / Python and GUI on OS/2
« on: March 23, 2022, 01:55:40 am »

I'm just curious about something. I was reading about python and I wondered if some GUI application can be done in this language. I read that GUI application on python are possible using "Python-Tkinter". There are these interfaces, PyQtis (for Qt), PyGTK (for GTK) and WxPython ( for WxWidgets).

I noticed recently on the installation of Scribus that there is a "python3-tkinter" lib/interface available for OS/2.
- Does python GUI apps porting is possible with python3-tkinter on OS/2?
- Is this "python3-tkinter" connected to Qt 5 to produce the GUI elements on OS/2?
- Is this the prefered way (python3-tkinter) for the python developers to produce GUI elements in python?

I'm just curious, I don't have any plans or ideas, (maybe to check more python 3 open source software that can be ported), but I wwill like to resolve these doubts.


Article Discussions / IBM Systems Journal Magazine and OS/2
« on: March 14, 2022, 07:12:57 pm »

The IBM Systems Journal was a technical magazine printed by IBM. It used to have some OS/2 related article from time to time.

We have a list of related articles here:

It seems that in November of 2021, the Internet Archive scanned all those magazines and put it available online (Free registraton required).

I would like to invite you to check those magazines and post back if you see any other OS/2 related article that is missing on the EDM/2 list.


Games / OS2World Gaming Site Update
« on: March 10, 2022, 02:48:43 am »

I updated the OS2World Gaming Site to Joomla 4 a month ago, and the template was broken on Firefox 45.

Today I'm trying new template that seems to work on FF 45.

It is still not final and I want to improve it, but feedback is welcome.


Internet / RPM: Switching from i686 to Pentium4
« on: February 25, 2022, 08:44:41 pm »

I refreshed my VM and I don't remember what I did last time to change everything to .pentium4.

Is there some trick or command to make RPM reinstall everything that I have oon i686 to pentium4 if it exists?

Currently I'm changing everything to .pentium4 one by one with ANPM.

The error says:
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ERROR with transaction check vs depsolve:python(abi) = 2.7 is needed by python2-pycurl-
7.44.1-3.oc00.pentium4python27.dll is needed by python2-pycurl-7.44.1-3.oc00.pentium4python(abi) = 2.7 is needed by
(installed) urlgrabber-3.10.1-10.oc00.noarchpython(abi) = 2.7 is needed by (installed) yum-utils-
1.1.31-3.oc00.noarchpython(abi) = 2.7 is needed by (installed) python2-rpm-4.13.0-20.oc00.pentium4python(abi) = 2.7 is
 needed by (installed) yum-3.4.3-14.oc00.pentium4python(abi) = 2.7 is needed by (installed) yum-metadata-parser-
1.1.4-7.oc00.pentium4python27.dll is needed by (installed) python2-rpm-4.13.0-20.oc00.pentium4python27.dll is needed by
 (installed) hplip-libs-3.19.8-3.oc00.pentium4python27.dll is needed by (installed) yum-metadata-parser-
1.1.4-7.oc00.pentium4Please report this error at


Off Topic discussions / Haiku gets GIMP, Inkscape
« on: February 15, 2022, 02:15:55 am »
...and now the envy is killing me.

- Haiku gets GIMP, Inkscape

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