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Hardware / Re: F Keys Altenartives on OS/2 - ArcaOS
« on: June 23, 2024, 05:27:53 pm »
Hello

But, just as brainstorming, if I can set an alternative for Alt+F4, what do you think can be a good combination of keys to complement it?

Regard

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Hardware / F Keys Altenartives on OS/2 - ArcaOS
« on: June 22, 2024, 03:33:56 pm »
Hello

Some modern PCs keyboards and laptops are suffering of a lack of F keys. Sometimes they replaced with hardware functionality (with an special Fn key) and sometimes they are just gone. Independently if we like it or not, and knowing that there is always a work around to get a full key keyboard, I was wondering if there should be some alternative for the F keys in OS/2.

I this list of shortcuts we have in ArcaOS for reference. (Any other thing to add there is welcome)

As a brainstorm question.
- Should we have additional alternatives to the "Alt + Funtions Keys" in OS/2?
- Did someone find some workaround for this kind of keyboards?

Regards

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Marketplace / Re: ebay Stuff
« on: June 22, 2024, 12:47:18 am »
Hello

I have some questions about this one. "OS/2 2.1 Special Edition" (86G1442)
- https://www.ebay.com/itm/326128036498
 
It says "For use with Windows 3.1", was the "Special Edition" after or before the "OS/2 2.1 for Windows" ?? or it is a different thing?

Regards

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Marketplace / Re: ebay Stuff
« on: June 22, 2024, 12:39:41 am »
Hello

https://www.ebay.com/itm/126533828125

Maybe it is the first time I see this item. Warp 3 pre-release.

Regards

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Programming / Re: Bigicons
« on: June 21, 2024, 10:35:54 pm »
Thanks David !!! I my mind this is Bill Gates in the trash can  ;D ;D ;D

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Events / Re: Warpstock Europe 2024 Follow Up
« on: June 21, 2024, 04:34:54 pm »
Thanks for the interesting comments

As for an up to date browser, I doubt that it can be done in this 64bit world. ...
We are falling again on the 64bits and memory discussion, which is not wrong, it means this is an important subject today. It is like we were living in denial, trying to stall the issue as much as we can, trying to convince our-self's that 32bits was enough, but now modern technology hit us in the face.

As for Arca Noae, they're a small company, and I wouldn't be surprised if all the owners have other jobs or consultancy gigs, so no one working on it full time. There can't be much money in ArcaOS after paying IBM its share, paying for infrastructure etc. They were probably hoping for more volunteer help.
uhm... I think the same thing, but I always ask Lewis at Warpstock how is the Arca Noae business going on, he always says to me the it is fine and doing well. Maybe we have a different concepts of what is "fine" and "well", but maybe it is not "good enough business" to produce a modern browser or wifi drivers at a reasonable speed. Or maybe the other issue is that even that if you have a bag of money, there are not enough OS/2 skilled developers to create drivers and software that you can trust to commit to produce a final product. Or maybe there is not enough money to hire and train full time young developers to create drivers and port software. Sorry, too much speculation from my part since I don't have enough information.

Sadly, the lack of a long term strategy of what to do with the older IBM's close source components of OS/2, it is starting to get us. The "don't fix it if it is not broken" strategy was just "boiling the frog slowly" for us.

I still want to fight it and try to have some strategy to clone as open source more OS/2 components, but I guess there is no interest and resources to do that.

Regards

PD: I know that the "boiling the frog" metaphor is not actually true, I just used it because I couldn't find a better way to describe it.

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Events / Re: Warpstock Europe 2024 Follow Up
« on: June 20, 2024, 10:08:39 pm »
ArcaOS can only adress between 1 and 1.5GB of RAM, ...

And for every new browser to come, it will rely on QT6, and for this, one need at least 2 to 2.5GB of RAM. ...
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Arca Noae should focus now on the browser with all that it involves like Qt6, the javascript engine, etc.

Yes, it is a big etc;D

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Events / Re: Warpstock Europe 2024 Follow Up
« on: June 19, 2024, 09:16:26 pm »
Hello

I think that Sigurd has very good points.

UEFI is very important since if ArcaOS does not boot, the rest it is just secondary, and now newer machines does not come with BIOS compatibility mode, just plain UEFI. It is not just for people that want to dual boot.

But, yes, what about the web browser, better audio driver and wifi drivers?

In my opinion, the priority should be the browser (now), since we are lacking some applications, a solid browser can help us to work out some lack of native applications with web apps.

I feel like the effort to translate ArcaOS, at the level of high quality that Arca Noae wants, it is taking too much resources. Arca Noae should focus now on the browser with all that it involves like Qt6, the javascript engine, etc. Why Arca Noae? They are the only ones with a commercial product that generates income on this community.

Regards

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Events / Re: Warpstock Europe 2024 Follow Up
« on: June 19, 2024, 09:02:28 pm »
Hello
The WarpStock claims that German causes problems when translating from English puzzled me.
About this, what I understood is that German, just like Spanish, has some very long words that may not look right in the GUI, since elements like tabs, buttons, label text are visual designed in English and when you put longer text it breaks how the GUI looks (or just looks bad). I had been told that German have very long words too, even longer than Spanish.

Regards

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Applications / Re: AVxCAT 2.1.1.2
« on: June 18, 2024, 04:06:13 pm »
Hello Remy

It is nice to see that AVxCAT has an "update feature" on it.

I tried to check it today but the "Menu -> Help -> Get update" does not show.
Is version 2.1.1.0 GA3 [FP3] the latest?

Regards

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Applications / Re: lSwitcher v 2.94
« on: June 16, 2024, 02:48:43 am »
Does anyone else have an issue when Ctrl clicking the desktop icon that barely a small highlight shows up and now list of processes to kill?

Hi Andy. I press Alt+tab to show the lswicther menu. I press Ctrl+left click on the desktop icon and I don't see any kind of highlight or any other action occur. Is that the procedure?

Regards

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Applications / Re: General Software Testing
« on: June 15, 2024, 05:12:35 pm »
Thanks for the Tip Roberto.

I installed ZipControl and it unzipped the file fine. I noticed that it is a DOS software and not OS/2, it works on DOS full screen session. I will repackage it and upload to hobbes /dos/ just to have it there.

Regards

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Applications / Re: General Software Testing
« on: June 14, 2024, 11:35:47 pm »
Hello again.

I'm trying to unzip this file, but it says it has a problem.
- https://ftpmirror.infania.net/sites/pccbbs/misc/chaos.zip

If someone can give it try, or know of an alternative let me know.

Regards

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Applications / Re: XWP v1.0.16
« on: June 14, 2024, 02:45:03 pm »
In fact, NewView does use the system font setting as its default if (and only if) a user font is not specified. Again, this is as it should be.  Of course, this normally happens only when you first run it after a fresh install. Try deleting newview.ini and then see what happens.  :D

Thanks Alex. I noticed I was using an older release, I updated to Newview 2.19.9 and it "adhere to" to the system font size. I stand corrected.

Regards

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Applications / Re: XWP v1.0.16
« on: June 14, 2024, 02:36:15 pm »
A distinction needs to be made here between "respect" and "adhere to".  These programs have their own user-customizable font size setting which they use in preference to any others. This is as it should be. 
Thanks Alex for the correction, the right word should be "adhere to", since "respect" may sound aggressive, like if the software is "disrespecting" something and that is not what I mean.  Thanks for helping me find the right word.

Also the idea is not to force or lock the font size of style of the software, it is just to start with the default and let the user change their font style and size if he wants to, like it has always been possible on OS/2. It is always the choice of the developer what font to use, but the idea is just to give a convenience to the user to be able to change the size of all the fonts at once now that XWP has that feature.

Regards

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