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Applications / Re: Quassel OS/2 fails to connect to core
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:35:41 pm »
Well I may have an answer to the problem, I don't think ArcaOS (or OS/2 vanilla) have SSH by default:

That's probably what's missing, I'll check that out when I get home and report back. If that fails, I'll set up a quassel server core on OS/2 server and see if it can communicate okay or if the problem persists.

Applications / Re: Quassel OS/2 fails to connect to core
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:59:24 am »
Well it looks like the same issue occurs: 'The remote host closed the connection'

But now I know more about the issue, even when I don't specify a password--it doesn't even get to the point where the core prompts for it.

I'll see about setting up another server core to do tests, I'm presently running the core on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian (since it runs 24/7, doing it that way just saves power). But I'm wondering if maybe it doesn't like the fact the Pi is not x86.

Applications / Re: Quassel OS/2 fails to connect to core
« on: October 16, 2017, 11:22:23 pm »
Hi Devon,

I ported some month ago the latest Quassel.
If you like you can try it...

That would be awesome if you have it, I'd love to give it a shot.

Games / Re: Porting OpenRCT2 to OS/2?
« on: October 16, 2017, 07:02:25 pm »
gl seems to be the deal breaker.  Don't know about jansson either. The rest we have. Have to look at it more.

Fortunately we can omit gl, but jansson looks to be mandatory as that's how it handles the databases from what I can tell.

Some point in the future I would like to devote some time on learning how to port and program things for OS/2 and AIX (I've got a list of some things); because they're great platforms and you can breathe easy when using them---unlike Windows 10. :/

The only application which makes me sad missing is xmplay, and since it's closed source there's no hope for ever porting that to anything but Windows (WINE can run it, though).

My reservations against the TP 25 are pretty much the same as a lot of users of traditional thinkpads:
#1 Lenovo lies and state they can't produce a custom screen and instead use rather low-end 16:9 AUO panels, when you know... EIZO has, heck, not only 4:3 but 1:1 displays:

#2 The performance of the TP 25 is so abysmal that it's no better than my 4th gen X1 Carbon, and the carbon is a lot more compact.

#3 Lenovo's reasoning on the dimensions on the keyboard are strange (in regards as to why they had to make the travel shorter). I can easily sandwich a classic keyboard on my X1 Carbon, the depth of the T470 chassis would suffice as it's pretty thick!
I just think Lenovo made a lot of mistakes when trying to get this product out; not to mention the fact David Hill abandoned ship prior to the release. Really strange timing--could be coincidental but, ah well. There will be some people in-between the hardcore IBM Thinkpadists and modern chiclet users who will be fine with it.

I will not install ArcaOS but my own OS/2 Version, as it does really look and feel like OS/2 Warp 4 ::)
ArcaOS has a lot of critical improvements to the way OS/2 works, though. Such as the CPU throttling and management. You can always mod ArcaOS to look like Warp 4--and then retain all of the new enhancements.

Networking / Mini PCI wifi cards
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:19:49 am »
I'm trying to figure out what mini PCI cards (for the T4x platform) would work well with OS/2--or really ArcaOS. Sort of thinking out loud.

#1 IBM mini PCI
Not to be confused (presumably) with the later IBM card that was based on Atheros instead of PRISM:

It appears this driver utilizes ibmprism.exe, although I don't have a source for the driver--I'll have to go deep diving on the internet to find one later. Weird how a modem is included... but I guess that's one good card to get and stuff it in my fleet of T41/42/43s.

#2 cisco aironet
Looks like Paul already has this in GenMac support.

If anyone has any other suggestions to good mini PCI wifi adapters let me know. I have noticed ArcaOS seems to handle some driver installations differently than OS/2. For instance, installing the IBM Audio Driver IV (for soundmax on T4x series) it just flat out fails; so I had to use the universal audio driver--which does work fortunately. Not sure if the same would be exhibited by manually installing one of the mini PCI wifi drivers.

Marketplace / Re: Make me an offer :)
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:54:35 pm »
Hi Paul,

I've been looking for some of those OS/2 games for awhile as I had some plans for reviews and other things (a lot of early Windows and OS/2 games are falling off the face of planet earth and nothing has been archived anywhere as it's proprietary software). Heck, I own some games which probably the only copies in existence reside on my HDD and the physical copy I own!

Would $60 AUS and whatever shipping to Canada work?

Games / Porting OpenRCT2 to OS/2?
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:38:46 pm »
Was just curious what the feasibility would be on porting OpenRCT2 to OS/2, this is what it would require for Linux:

    sdl2 (only for UI client)
    freetype (can be disabled)
    fontconfig (can be disabled)
    libzip (>= 1.0)
    libpng (>= 1.2)
    speexdsp (only for UI client)
    curl (only if building with http support)
    jansson (>= 2.5)
    openssl (>= 1.0; only if building with multiplayer support)
    iconv (part of glibc on Linux)
    gl (commonly provided by Mesa or GPU vendors; only for UI client, can be disabled)

I know a lot of that already runs on ArcaOS. I've very little experiencing in porting anything (although at some point I really ought to learn some more).


Applications / Quassel OS/2 fails to connect to core
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:32:25 pm »
Hey guys,

I didn't realize that quassel was ported to OS/2, but I'm glad that it is (since I do use it already on my other systems):

However, whenever I try to connect quasselclient to my quassel core with the ported OS/2 client, it always fails to authenticate (but I've confirmed it works perfectly fine on my 0.12.4 windows clients).

Is it because the port is 0.10.0 which would require an older version of the quassel server? Or some other kind of bug?

(I'm running the latest version of ArcaOS)

Setup & Installation / Re: Thinkpad t61
« on: April 26, 2016, 06:42:28 pm »
Which machine and how are you installing? Is there a log file to look at ?
Not what I could see an it is on an hp dx2300 compaq with 512 MB and a pentium processor running at 3.00 GHZ or a dx7400 I don't remember which. And I am installing it from cd-rom

By 'Pentium' do you mean Pentium D, or Pentium 4? If you're running a Pentium D that's a dual core CPU (and every literal sense of the word since they use two discreet dies), then that's probably the issue. If it's a Pentium 4 disable hyper threading just to see if it changes anything.

Setup & Installation / Installing the OS/2 C Libraries and emx runtime
« on: April 26, 2016, 06:06:17 am »

For LIBC, do I just tack the .DLL(s) to OS\DLL? And would the same process apply to the emx runtime for OS/2?

I haven't used GCC or the C libraries before so you'll have to excuse my ignorance. Heck, I haven't even built anything from source code before, but there's always a start somewhere.

Setup & Installation / Re: Video drivers
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:14:09 am »
After finally locating the OS/2 Video driver for my ThinkPad T42 I downloaded it .....

and it turns out to be a DOS self extracting file


and I don't have a floppy drive


Hey John,

The OS/2 Video driver supplied by IBM/ATI is in fact a watered-down SciTech SNAP driver. So using the full unlocked SciTech package there from Hobbes will give you more options. Furthermore I've had extreme difficulty getting the ATI supplied packages to function properly (they don't install properly or boot into an unsupported resolution by the ThinkPad display).

If you do need any IBM diskette driver packages extracted I have all of the equipment to do so (I had to do it for my T43p's OS/2 audio driver).

Setup & Installation / Re: Thinkpad t61
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:04:01 am »
It loads through until it reaches doscall1.DLL then crashes. Yes

Ah, if you're using the WinWorld images, I noticed a lot of them seem to be buggy except for a few (this is due to corrupted virtual floppy images in the ISO). Give this one a shot if you haven't:
IBM OS2 Warp 4.52 Server For e-Business (

I was getting the 'doscall1' error on fully supported hardware, I switched to the 'IBM OS2 Warp 4.52 (' image and it installed without issue.

Although the T61 is technically not supported, but I am curious to see (once you've confirmed you're using a good image) if it actually runs.

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