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Applications / Re: ArcaOS title bar themes
« on: July 13, 2019, 12:08:47 am »
I'm experimenting with that using the files from my 2.2 beta disc (a legit user since 1.2MR  ;) ).

Applications / Re: ArcaOS title bar themes
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:23:17 pm »
Thanks the responses, I know Styler/2 can change the title bar colours/bitmaps though it does not change the styling for the Close, Max/Min buttons though. That was done under eCS with the "Frame Control Themes" program, which is not included in ArcaOS.

Applications / ArcaOS title bar themes
« on: July 10, 2019, 01:19:58 am »

eComstation has Theme Manger to replace the title bar max/minimise/close button theme icons, with ArcaOS, is there any similar utility/tool to do the same?



Applications / Re: ODIN Revisited
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:26:50 pm »
For me its pretty awesome ODIN can run Office 97 programs from the CD (with errors regarding file paths, which is exactly the same when running thrm on Windows directly off the CD), though installing them is a different matter (the setup.exe program is a 16bit stub so you need to use acmsetup.exe but that fails with setup unable  to write files to the installation directory after a short while)  :(

The Windows XP version of solitaire runs, though the red cards are rendered black so it is difficult to play.

On the plus side, the 32 bit version of SkiFree runs like a champ  :D

Off Topic discussions / Re: RISC OS now Open Source.
« on: October 30, 2018, 10:45:02 pm »
I occasionally use RISC OS 5 on my Raspberry Pi.

In the U.K. RISC OS was extremely popular in schools right up to around 2000. My first school (I would have been around 3 to 9 back then) had Acorn A3000s and RISC PCs running RISC OS 2 up to 3.6 or 3.71). By the time I left Middle School for High School in 2001, the Middle School still had several original Acorn Archimedes desktops (the first commercial devices ever to have a ARM CPU) running RISC OS 3.11. The OS seemed so powerful and fast yet easy to use compared to Windows 3.0 which was on a IBM PS/2 system that was always at the back of the classroom  ;D

Applications / Microsoft Office and ODIN
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:57:10 pm »
Hi all,

Over the past year or so I've tried to install Microsoft Office 97 and 2000 using ODIN 0.8.9 without much luck. The office applications on the Office 97 CD seem to run ok straight off the CD (with a few glitches). However, as the setup program has a 16 bit stub, it is necessary to run acmsetup.exe and copy the the whole CD to a temporary directory that is normally created by setup.exe. The setup process goes fine at first, until a short way into the file copying stage when it throws up "Setup cannot create the folder C:\var\lib" and can't complete the installation.

I was wondering if anyone has had more success with Office?

Thanks :D

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:39:53 pm »
MicropolisJ (A Java port of the open sourced SimCity 1 code) seems to work fine (Compiled on KDE Neon with OpenJDK 1.8 )


Applications / Re: IBM's Windows 95 Emulator
« on: June 03, 2017, 09:55:20 pm »
Thanks for the reply so far! A senior guy from IBM UK was visiting the University I work at the other week, I jokingly asked him if they would open source OS/2, which he found funny. It seems to be that at least some IBMers are still very much aware of OS/2.
From what we know of the Power PC port of OS/2, it was a strange beast.  From what I recall it could run Dos and Windows software without modification, but in order to run OS/2 applications - the apps would need to be recompiled from source.  And many parts of it were still very much "beta" level code.

The PPC version looks very interesting, I guess at the time IBM were betting heavily on PPC workstations and laptops, and given that it was designed as a microkernel and with a "OS/2 personality" in hindsight it would have been a solid foundation if they wanted to push it further.

Going of-topic slightly, I feel that IBM's abandonment of OS/2 as well as their PC business may hurt them in the long run. The current undergraduate and MSc Computing Science students I teach know little to nothing about IBM or what it even did or does today. To me part of that problem is that there are no more IBM devices or services that attract new users who will potentially be the corporate buyers/decision makers in a few years time.

Applications / Re: IBM's Windows 95 Emulator
« on: June 02, 2017, 08:17:41 pm »
Hi Martin,

I should have considered that it might be a fake as well. Aside from Open32, did IBM make any big effort to try to provide Win32 runtime compatibility?

Applications / IBM's Windows 95 Emulator
« on: June 02, 2017, 07:46:45 pm »

I was having a look into IBM's Open32 recently and I stumbled across this thread on BetaArchive: which has a screenshot of a Windows 95 emulator by IBM for Warp 4 (attached).

Does anyone know more about this unreleased emulator? On face value I guess it wasn’t as well integrated as WIN-OS/2 but it's a shame it never shipped.


It works great for me as well. One feature I would like to see is the ability to logoff when using Security/2 though.

Off Topic discussions / Re: Ain't much left of my reputation...
« on: January 18, 2015, 11:43:14 am »
Is it possible to buy sources from IBM, or, at least, ask the how does it costs?

For Warp 4, I don't think it is feasible given the amount of Microsoft code in the sources. Perhaps Workplace OS,  Workplace Shell and SOM would be more feasible but still unlikely. Of course for a commercial company, everything is for sale at the right price, and to make it worthwhile for IBM (i.e. to get staff to audit the code, strip out or get consent to include 3rd party code and finally for their legal team to OK it), I'd imagine we'd be talking about a serious amount of money from at least $500k up to millions.

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