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General Discussion / Chuck McKinnis Passed Away
« on: May 19, 2024, 07:13:10 pm »
Dear Community Friends

Yesterday I found this news at his Facebook page. There were two posts from his daughters Kelly McKinnis  and Kimberly McKinnis. Even that I was not able to find an online obituary yet, I'm calculating he passed away on May 17.

I met Chuck on a couple of Warpstocks on the past and he was a nice and funny guy. He will be missed.

If you don't know who Chuck was, I have a little profile about him on the OS2World Wiki pages.
Here are some Chuck pictures from Warpstock:

Rest in peace Chuck.


Programming / Development Help with INF2Html
« on: May 12, 2024, 06:46:48 pm »

I need some help with Inf2Html. There is an issue while transforming to HTML some borderless tables (I guess).
I have the issue documented here:

Since this is an open source command line tool, I don't know if someone with development skills can please help with this issue, if it is easy to find out.


General Discussion / smp.inf - Adendum
« on: May 08, 2024, 02:13:46 pm »

Just checking a little bit on the EDM/2 for dead links, I found there is a "SMP Programming Addendum" (smp.inf) (Nov 1996), that I can not find the file.
Any idea where was it shipped? or any link to it?

I guess this should not be confused with "OS/2 for SMP V2.11 Reference" (also SMP.INF - First Edition (June 1994) ). Those are different files with the same name, right?


General Discussion / OS/2 History Newsletters
« on: April 29, 2024, 06:09:42 pm »

I had been doing some light reorganization on the HobbesArchive on the OS/2 Newsletters:
And it is taking me some time, because some times I get hooked reading those.

Just in case someone wants to help, If you see some newsletter missing on Hobbes, let me know to also include it there.


Programming / OpenDOC - Source Code
« on: April 27, 2024, 06:36:44 pm »

There source code of OpenDOC released to the public with the intentions to be preserved.

I have zero experience with OpenDOC, as far as I know it was a framework created by Apple and with IBM and Microsoft they tried to turn it into a standard. I think it was close source and was discontinued on 1997.

I can not even list (or remember) one software that was created with OpenDOC on any of the platforms (OS/2, MacOS 7, Windows, or AIX). I guess all software created with OpenDOC was close source, so we can not even think on bringing some of that old software and port it to OS/2 today.

But on the bright side, I think it is interesting to keep releasing the source code of old software to the public for learning purposes or even some inspiration for something new.

If someone wants to chitchat and give some some insights, personal comments, opinions, it appreciated.


Applications / RPM Repository: IBM OS/2 Toolkit.
« on: April 17, 2024, 12:16:01 am »

I know that some components of the IBM OS/2 Toolkit are already on the Netlabs RPM.
But I was wondering if the sc.exe compiler and nmake.exe can be included as "os2tk45" packages.

Or if David's repackage of the "IBM OS/2 Toolkit" has something updated/improved that can be of interest to be includes on the "os2tk45" packages. (

The dream is just to have run some "yum install" command have a complete IBM OS/2 Toolkit on your dev system.



Today I was playing a little bit with ArcaOS 5.1 on my Thinkpad T14s with the sound. I have Uniaud 3.1.3 here.

My issue is:
1) If I play a sound by double clicking it, and I'm an 100% volume. It sounds supposedly at 100%.
2) If I play the same sound from the "Sound" (XWPSound) settings on "Multimedia", and put the volume at 100% and press "Play" is sound a lot louder (like 30% more) than what was supposedly 100% by double clicking the wav file.
3) I'm comparing the sound and I think that 100% in the Master Volume (volume.exe), is the same as 70% on the XWPSound volume. 

Can you please give it a try to see if that also happens to you? I'm attaching a screenshot to help you understand what I'm doing.

Any ideas why is this happening? The preference is to have the louder volume as 100% in all the ArcaOS system.


Applications / Windows Key - Custom Key Combination
« on: March 28, 2024, 03:14:41 pm »

I wanted to try to some keyboard combinations to do some actions on ArcaOS.

My goal, as a example, I want to make the "Win-Lef key + E" combination to open a folder on an specific location and show that folder on the desktop, like opening C:\TEMP.

First I tried on the "Folder Hotkeys" on the "Workplace Shell" settings. I can map the Win-Left key, but I can not add an extra key like  "Win-Lef key + E".
If I map "Win-Lef key" alone, it works for the functions, but I have to select a folder in the desktop, and it will open or close it. But it is not exactly what I'm looking for.

Then I tried the XWorkplace Keyboard settings on the "Functions Key" tab. But I don't understand how to use it yet. I don't know how to get a key combination there, and later how to use it.

And later I tried the "Keyboard - Windows Key" settings. The Windows Key also works there, but I don't have an option to open an specific folder.

Any ideas are appreciated to get my goal.


Applications / XWorkplace Xview - Icon Size
« on: March 20, 2024, 09:11:51 pm »
Hello Rich

Do you know if there is a way to increase the icon size on the "Xview" view in XWP?
I was thinking that the right panel was using the standard "Icon view", but I guess it works differently.

It is something on xWorkplace or in DynamicIcons?


Programming / About somFree
« on: March 13, 2024, 02:54:13 am »

I just noticed that the somFree project was updated on 2022.
somFree is a portable clean-room implementation of IBM's SOM. Includes DSOM capabilities with CORBA IDL and IIOP

The project list the completeness record here:

I have the naive dream to eventually see if something from this project can be used on OS/2 to replace some IBM close source components, or even if WPS can be run over some kind of open source version of SOM. But I don't have the skill to asset if something can be done with somFree for out platform.

Any comments if this can be useful ?


Applications / Scroll-able Command Line Window
« on: January 26, 2024, 10:02:05 pm »

Maybe this is very basic but I don't know how to do this.

How can we have a Command line window that is scroll-able? that means that you can scroll back and see all the stuff that passed by on the commands response that is gone.  Is there a way to do that with 4OS2 ?


Applications / OSFree Components Under ArcaOS
« on: January 23, 2024, 10:57:46 pm »

The "The last nail in OS/2's coffin" forum thread and Digi's comment about OSFree, revived my interest on replacing some more old IBM OS/2 binaries for open source ones.

And OSFree produced some binaries that I want to test under ArcaOS. Now with Virtual Machines (VirtualBox) it make it easy to test, break things and recover back the VM if something goes awfully wrong.

I want to start first with the "" from 2002. It has some .exe files like attrib.exe, ansi.exe, etc. that I want to test. And later I will move on to the 2019 ISO image they have.

I would like to :
- Test the binaries.
- Confirm that the source code is on the repository
- Confirm it is under a recognized open source license.


Hardware / OS/2 for Industrial Use
« on: January 16, 2024, 07:48:56 pm »

Just a friendly reminder that I like to collect information on how OS/2 is used in industrial machinery.

I share my findings with all of you here:

Please, if you know any other Industrial Machine that uses OS/2, please let me know.
Pictures of the machine, pictures of any special card it may use, software screenshots, catalogs, manuals are welcome.

What is kind of awesome is when we try to replace only the PC part of this machinery with a modern PC and maybe with ArcaOS. Depending on the machinery it is challenging to try to find a PCI card that may replace an old ISA one. Sometimes is possible, sometimes not.


Programming / Git push to Github issue.
« on: December 23, 2023, 02:20:14 am »

Since Github changed to the doble autentification factor, or maybe earlier, I had not been able to "push" (upload) code changes to the github repository.

I get this issue:

[E:\DEV\5TRYING\DOCS-IDEAS-WARP-Martin-s-Docs]git push
Username for '':
Password for '':
remote: Support for password authentication was removed on August 13, 2021.
remote: Please see for information on currently recommended modes of authentication.
fatal: Authentication failed for ''

I'm lost with the documentation now. Does anybody know what I may be missing now ?



I want to discuss these for months, but I had been holding back, I don't know if it is for fear or lack of time to organize the thoughts.

Sometimes when we discuss about OS/2-ArcaOS we say: "The Graphical User Interface needs some love" (Figuratively speaking  ;D ).

1) The question would be, what features you think ArcaOS and OS/2 are lacking when referring to the GUI that you think will be useful?
- Since this is a personal option question, there are no right or wrong answers. I just want to know more about it.

2) Once you install ArcaOS or even OS/2, what utilities (or customization) do you use to improve the GUI as you like?
- For example, for me now it is must XWP 1.0.16 with xCenter big icons
- Or some others like X-It to have more function buttons on their desktop windows.

Again, this is not a discussion to impose a way to working with your machine, just to try to see what I (or We) may be missing while working with the ArcaOS GUI.


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