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Applications / Re: hard hangs
« on: June 17, 2021, 01:48:01 am »
I'd suggest not directly using the USB drive, but rather working on your hard drive and afterwards copying them to the USB drive, or if they're on the USB drive to begin with, copy to HD, do work,and copy back.
The FAT32 driver isn't the best and also it is not a good idea putting them in the root directory, IIRC, there are limitations that aren't there if using a subdirectory.
Run mem /v at a prompt to get an idea of your memory situation.

Setup & Installation / Re: A question of fonts
« on: June 14, 2021, 01:14:51 am »
marksym doesn't display here either, doesn't show up in SeaMonkey as well. Seems it is a PS-AdobeFont

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: June 13, 2021, 01:04:56 am »
That looks like a pretty good compromise as long as they're also archived somewhere else.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: June 12, 2021, 04:30:50 am »
Seems to me that the ideal would be to leave the major releases, if that can be figured out.
Trimming down to the latest, while often a good idea, sometimes leads to replacing a good version with a not so good version. In the case of Uniaud, I've often heard of systems that need an older version.

OK, thanks for clarifying the number of users. Be interesting to know Arca Noae's numbers, especially regular users though the number of enterprise users would also be interesting.

The problem is the business case. All I can do is guess at Arca Noae's business, and they're the ones with a license to resell OS/2. According to discussions here, there's only about 500 hobbyists, with not all having the money to spend but even 500 paying customers doesn't seem enough to support Arca Noae which leads to the assumption that they also have a fair number of enterprise customers. Any enterprise customers who can virtualize their environment likely already have, likely back in the eCS days without much need to upgrade. This leaves people/businesses that need real hardware which seems to be what Arca Noae is concentrating on.
There's lots of stuff that just can't be done in a virtual environment, a while back there was someone needed lots of com ports, which didn't work under a virtual machine for example.

This has been spoken about quite a bit, even in the most recent Warpstock it was stated to be wishful thinking.

i know this might be wishful thinking. i just wonder what the obstacles might be.
It was possible to run 16-bit-programs from another OS on OS/2. So i wonder what is the difference now.
Maybe we could even use an existing 64-OS like Linux and adjust it to that concept.

Have there ever been any trials to get OS/2-programs running seamless on Linux? If we achieved that, we would get out of wishful thinking towards a more realistic option. Of course i know that would still be a hard way to go from there though.

There's and a couple of other posts in the same thread. This is more along the way WINE works. While possible, there are a lot of differences between any *nix and OS/2. A better course would be to add an OS/2 personality to ReactOS. It is a reimplementation of the NT kernel and NT did start out as OS/2 V3 NT with NT supporting 16 bit OS/2 text apps out of the box and a 16 bit Presentation Manager add on. I also have/had a Byte magazine from the mid 90's with a news article about Microsoft getting the 32 bit Presentation Manager running on NT. The OS/2 subsystem was removed after Win2k.
I understand that at the beginning of ReactOS development, they did reach out to the OS/2 community about supporting OS/2, but didn't get a positive response. OS/2 programmers are/were like cats and herding them is not easy.
At this point, with so few users left, I can't imagine a serious attempt to support OS/2 on any other kernel.
While wishing, what is really a shame is that the OS/2 PPC source seems to be lost, there was a time when releasing it was considered, though I doubt it would have ever happened. Porting it to i386 would have been relatively easy as it was written to be portable, unlike regular OS/2. Still would have had the drivers problem.

Setup & Installation / Re: OS2 Warp 4.52 "vdi2hardware" result
« on: June 06, 2021, 06:36:19 pm »
Hi Mauro, you can not boot OS/2 from a USB stick, the USB drivers load too late in the boot process and your message about not being able to operate the hard drive is accurate. Installers get around this by creating a ramdisk, copying to that and then booting from the ram drive.
As Olafur says, you need to copy your image to the hard drive, keeping the geometry correct and boot from that, which should work with the problems of drivers (usually the networks) not loading and needing to press enter to continue. This can fail during part of the boot as the USB keyboard is not available.

Looking at about:data in SeaMonkey, the cookies all seem to be login related. Joop could always delete them and tell SeaMonkey to block them in the future if he'd rather login all the time.

General Discussion / Re: when will version 5.1 of ArcaOS be released
« on: June 03, 2021, 04:12:38 pm »
when will version 5.1 of ArcaOS be released?

When it's ready? Should be some more information at Warpstock on Saturday.

Programming / Re: Universal Resource Exitor
« on: June 03, 2021, 04:18:30 am »
I have downloaded URE115.Zip from Hobbes.  I unzipped the file and found an Install program.  When I run it I am asked to put a disk into my C: drive. How have others installed URE.

I have had the same prompt from Promanaire Designer.

Did you look at
Basically you need to unzip to the root of a drive preserving the directory structure, x:\ure115 and then run the install.exe from there. Afterwards unzip into the newly installed DLL directory and then move ure.exe to the bin directory.

While I never heard anything about IBM trying to support PAE, PAE I believe can have problems with device drivers, at least that is one problem on Windows.
The ramdisk does use PAE and I believe there is an API so other programs could use the memory. Those programs would need to be written to use that memory, compared to now where it is simply malloced (or similar).
Something like a disk cache using PAE might be relatively simple to implement, something like a browser likely not so much.

IIRC, the JFS file and volume size limits are lower on OS/2 then on Linux.

Setup & Installation / Re: Win-OS/2 installed on non-boot drive
« on: May 30, 2021, 01:10:20 am »
One thing was the Red Box OS/2 patched Win 3.1 for it to work under OS/2, forget the specifics, and blue box is already patched. I don't think that blue box can use a Win 3.1 install, though does contain a couple of possibilities.

Setup & Installation / Re: Win-OS/2 installed on non-boot drive
« on: May 29, 2021, 06:36:25 pm »
If you look at x:\autoexec.bat, there is a SET WIN3DIR=X:\OS2\MDOS\WINOS2 line, I'd guess this what you change to point at WinOS2 on a different drive.
You could easily test by using the WPS to move your WINOS2 directory to a different location, and adjusting the SET WIN3DIR line. WinOS2 itself probably just expects things like \system to be under the main WINOS2 directory. I'd start out by keeping all the directory names the same, eg move WINOS2\ to x:\WINOS2 or x:\foo\WINOS2.
Let us know your results.
Edit: Fahrvenugen also makes some points about other things that need adjusting. Possibly if mdos is in a different place, COMSPEC might also need setting in autoexec.bat to point to

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