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I think Arca Noae should be prioritizing the browser over hardware support at this point and should be directly involved in the efforts to develop a functional browser either with development work or funding..
Users of OS/2 can live with slightly or even much older hardware for years but an OS is dead in the water without a functional browser.

I could see a purpose of paying to  upgrade ArcaOS if they did this but otherwise I kind of don't.

Applications / Interest in Dr. Web Antivirus?
« on: May 26, 2021, 12:47:08 pm »
I'm a certified reseller of Dr. Web (first reseller from the USA I think) mostly i'm selling for Linux & Winddows right now.
But when reviewing their products as part as my certification "education" process I noticed they are one of the few companies still offering anti virus protection for os/2 (I assume a command line scanner, but with with modern antivirus databases).
But they currently require you to buy 5 licenses minimum and are obviously just focused on enterprise with that.

But it made me think I could talk to my contact there about if they would consider selling single licenses to the os/2 community.
So just curious if that was an option would people (on the forum) be interested in that - or not.
I see there is ClamAV so maybe not a huge demand for that kind of thing.

If there is any interested I could find out more about the product, features etc.
Just curios.

Iv'e decided to jettison the idea of installing on bare metal and instead decided emulating in virtualbox is the best bet (for me),
Since, I can run arcaos 5 indefinitely inside virtualbox on my suse linux host.
I don't have to worry about future hardware support or getting the right hardware.
I don't have to care about a lack of functional web browser, since I have endless options on suse.

All of my old favorite os/2 apps will continue to work in my virtualbox window, and I can share files with the host computer.

I can already hear you guys already getting worked up that I am not supporting the future of os/2 in that case..
But iv'e already spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars supporting os/2 :).
Supporting Suse, which is my favorite linux distro, which is 64 bit and hence has a more viable future, would be a better return on investment for me at this point.

The only way I can see myself buying another license is maybe if I decide I also want another os/2 instance running on virtualbox on my laptop as well as my desktop.

Which brings up another topic - that I don't really agree with the general direction of os/2 development at this point.
There is no solving the OS being stuck in 32bit- which is a ticking time bomb.
All the resources being spent developing new hardware drivers is a waste, as well as the web browser development.
It would be better to just accept emulation as the best future course of the OS for all the pros I just described.
Instead of spending endless resources trying to get the OS again functioning on yet another motherboard and developing yet another web browser just to have it get obsolete again -
Instead Arca Noa could be spending time adding new features to the OS like GUI enhancements and new productivity features, if people just accept that emulation is the best route. I mean I could probably think of all kinds of cool things Arca Noa might be doing if they were not spending time getting the os working on yet another motherboard - like maybe integrating the OS with cloud services like Google Drive.
And then, maybe I would have a reason to upgrade to future version :).

Web applications / browsers shutting down
« on: February 09, 2021, 09:03:09 am »
When running both seamonkey 2.42.9 and firefox 45.9, they both crash and shut down fairly regularly when browsing. (the browser just shuts down and the task disappears from the task-bar.)
Restarting the program and all is normal again - but it's fairly annoying.

I'm just wondering if that is normal these days for other people too, or is there something about my setup that is not right?

Internet / CPU requirements for the new otter browser.
« on: January 29, 2021, 10:28:35 am »
Regarding this update about the otter browser currently being beta tested:

It mentions it probably won't function on a pentium 4 - and would benefit from a dual core.
I curently run ArcaOS on a dual core Pentium Xeon E3110:

Does it seem like that should have enough power?

Hardware / 64k vs 16million colors
« on: January 09, 2021, 09:40:38 am »
My snap install by default was set to 64k colors, but 16m is an option.
But i'm not sure if i'm imagining it but surfing seemed slower when I changed to that.
Anyways, should I leave it at 64k , or would you switch to the higher rating?

Applications / Getting the OpenOffice download link
« on: January 09, 2021, 09:14:39 am »
I just ordered the developmental unit for openoffice and got an order email.
But I didn't receive the actual link. Does anyone know if that is manually sent by someone or it should have been automatic?

So I have to wonder what would happen if you ran the warp 4 upgrade:

On ArcaOS :).
Would it trigger an inter-dimensional collapse?

Will have to get a floppy drive to find out.

Applications / ArcaOS Yum updates question
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:34:22 am »
Just curious - if you keep your subscription active - does running yum updates upgrade your arcaos to new releases automatically (for example if 5.5 comes out).
Or do you need to install from the ISO every time a major update is released, and yum updates is only for updating software in your existing installed release only?

Hardware / Does Arcaos support browsing phones?
« on: January 08, 2021, 02:42:20 am »
Is there anyway to mount a phone to pull pictures off it.  I'm guessing not since even mounting fat32 requires special formatting with dfsee... But just checking since I've been out of the os/2 game for a while.

Hardware / Snap Vs Panorama - Refresh rate problem.
« on: December 20, 2020, 08:32:25 am »
I'm running an old Radeon X300 graphics card, with a CRT monitor. I used snap since it seems to support refresh rates instead of Panorama, which doesn't seem to?
I found an article about Panorama below which seems to confirm it doesn't work with refresh rates.

But my problem is when I go into monitor settings using snap, the refresh rate supports up to 85hz and allows me to switch to it, but whenever the computer reboots it goes back to 60hz.
Is there a way to make it stay on 85hz - like a manual entry in config.sys or something?

Thanks for any advice.

Q13: What are the restrictions/disadvantages of Panorama VESA?
A13: Disadvantages of Panorama VESA:   
       * no 2D acceleration
       * no overlay support => slow fullscreen movies
       * no refresh rates => the driver is unusable for CRT monitors
       * requires CPU + memory
       * Widescreen is possible for ATOM BIOS and Intel only
          (read about Panorama widescreen activator)
       * No portrait mode (rotate by 90* while copying from shadow to screen buffer)
       * no DPMS support

Article Discussions / I heard a rumor..
« on: December 19, 2020, 01:44:05 pm »
That eComstation is about to announce a major update.

Wait for it... :o

Internet / Curious what the problem is making new firefox versions.
« on: December 19, 2020, 07:20:26 am »
I'm not a programmer so i'm curious to understand why making new mozilla builds is troublesome?

Web applications / Seamonkey that plays well with firefox 45.9
« on: December 19, 2020, 07:16:48 am »
I recently installed arcaos 5.06 on real hardware - and everything went great.
But then I tried to install seamonkey-2.7.2.r2.en-us.os2-wpi.wpi (It looked to me that was the latest version?) and i'm not
sure what it did but installing it seemed to frag both firefox and seamonkey - neither would load after doing that.

It seems that installing browsers is more complicated then I remember.. last time I played with OS/2 (ecomstation 1.2) you could just unzip into a folder and launch the browser.

So anyways just wondering if anyone knows how to safely install seamonkey without doing that.

Hardware / What happened to the hardware database on
« on: December 13, 2020, 09:21:26 am »
Wondering what happened to the hardware database at
It used to have great lists of tested hardware but now all the entries seem to be blank when I click the categories (such as motherboards, network cards etc).

If it's dead then maybe i'll consider making my own site for the same purpose.. since it was a great resource and a shame to see it disappear.

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