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Applications / Re: OpenSource WishList
« on: September 14, 2022, 12:41:36 pm »
Just throwing in my wish here, as per Martin's recommendation:

This quote is from a post I made on a new release of QEMU for ArcaOS on May 2021 - I've edited it to reflect my new views on the matter, chiefly that a good build of QEMU should be able to totally replace VirtualBox as our main virtualization solution.
My reasoning for QEMU is Arca Noae's desire to appeal to retro gamers. DOS and WINOS/2 may cover their bases fairly well, but without Windows 9x (and possibly Win2k/XP to a limited extent) - we're missing a lot of bases.

Note: A couple of QEMU builds for OS/2 and Ecomstation are floating around but do not work on ArcaOS

>Stable enough for everyday use
>Smooth Windows 95/98 emulation
>Audio, preferably SB16 compatible emulation
>3D acceleration support (Running something like Flight Simulator 98 at mid-high settings at around 50FPS should theoretically be easy to achieve, especially with 5.1's new VEFI driver)
>A reliable GUI for configuring and launching VMs
>Networking support

Effectively, something that's going to be solid for mid-high range Win9x gaming.

I have a hunch this will most likely be 2.4.x or earlier. Once again like others have said, there's no need to build a newer version that's going to have more compilation related headaches - especially when modern Linux distros are still going off 2.4.x code without any complaint. I understand this will require more effort than a simple compile n' go situation especially with the desired specifications listed, but I believe there to be very viable use-case for a new and reasonably stable release of Qemu for our platform

From what I've read - QEMU, especially the slightly older builds, should not be too difficult to port. My personal take on the matter is that Arca Noae could support it and could go as far as to make it a product. A lot of ArcaOS users could reasonably rely on the platform more if Windows emulation was improved.

Events / Re: Warpstock 2022 - Presentations
« on: September 13, 2022, 11:47:56 pm »
I don't mean to sound pushy, but I'd love for there to be some discussion regarding the viabiltiy of QEMU and perhaps any intentions of releasing a build - I think this would be suited more as a question rather than a presentation point however.

Optional reading spiel:
It's no secret - I'm a more than a bit passionate about having a working and stable QEMU build for ArcaOS (I've got a few posts discussing it). In addition to being a perfect fit for the 'retro gaming' front (namely anything from Windows 9x requiring DirectX) which Arca Noae wants to approach, QEMU would very much be a welcome replacement to the problematic, featureless, resource-intensive and ever-aging Virtualbox.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: August 27, 2022, 09:44:08 am »
If you can handle running two machines, WeirdX (one version before the newest.. the zip package with the .cmd file) works with Java 1.1.8 and works OK with chrome-based software (I can display Discord chat and a Chrome browser with it). Firefox did not fare well with it. neither did Konsole (xterm worked fine though)

Intriguing! Can you post some screenshots? I'm keen to give this one a shot myself.

Applications / Re: Dos
« on: July 24, 2022, 04:50:05 pm »
Not to my knowledge. If I'm not mistaken, the version of DOS on OS/2 (Including ArcaOS) is something from IBM's PCDOS which has been equated to MS DOS 5.0 in function - this is of course ignoring audio and some other outstanding issues. If you are after better DOS functionality, I'd strongly recommend you give DOSBOX a try. Also, from the demos I've seen, it would seem that ArcaOS 5.1 and 5.1.1 will be bringing about improved DOS functionality along with emulated SoundBlaster audio.

General Discussion / Re: It's a sad day...
« on: July 19, 2022, 06:06:52 pm »
May I ask what keyboard you've got in IMG_6067? I have the sudden itch to add one to my legacy workbench.

Looks like its same one I'm typing this on, an IBM Model M :)

Much appreciated Ian, but I'm pretty familiar with the venerable Model M. I was referring to the one in the second image, you can see the top-row of it but not much else to be able to work out what model it specifically is  ;D

General Discussion / Re: It's a sad day...
« on: July 19, 2022, 04:23:04 pm »
I'm glad that you made it back, Chris! A 16-year lapse still isn't a total loss.
I love a good recovery story with a silver-lining like that - especially after learning the hard way how quickly an OS/2 installation can go bad when I started using it as a daily driver in 2018.

May I ask what keyboard you've got in IMG_6067? I have the sudden itch to add one to my legacy workbench.

Applications / Re: Boot Logos !!
« on: July 18, 2022, 03:19:59 pm »
Otaku and Weaboo culture has permeated every aspect of life at some point, especially the nerdier parts  ;D

It doesn't surprise me though. A lot of 90s era tech enthusiasts tend to have a passion for manga and anime - and a lot of non-Windows users from that era were also into it.
I'm not sure what actually causes the overlap, I just know that it's there.

General Discussion / Re: os/2 cd
« on: May 30, 2022, 01:07:30 am »
I have buy a cd from this website
I have pay 39,95 $ with paypal but i get no any shipment information .
I suppose it is not sended.
This person send nothing after payment

"This person" is also active on, so he will probably react to your post.

Have you already contacted him through the website you mentioned in your post? He is quite helpful.

That is a solid point, I've gotten services from him previously and was extremely quick to respond and sort me out. For those who were curious: Had some help with driver configuration, as well as the setup of a working audio driver for my Thinkpad T450S.

Neil Waldhauer , sorry to point you out but do you want to weigh in on Jacco's situation?

General Discussion / Re: os/2 cd
« on: May 29, 2022, 07:35:23 pm »

OP's problem was misunderstood. All's well.

Hardware / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 UEFI support - GOP?
« on: May 27, 2022, 06:45:14 pm »
but can you comment on the stability of vefi.sys as opposed to vsvga.sys?

While doing UEFI testing, I have found that vefi.sys works remarkably well. It actually makes it possible to use DOS/winOS2, on a machine where it won't even start in normal BIOS (CSM) mode. That is, of course, because of the replacement for CSM, that Arca Noae has developed. It probably isn't perfect, but it is much better.

That's great to read! It seems we're well on the way to phasing out the use of DOSBOX as a stop-gap.  Thank you kindly Doug

Hardware / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 UEFI support - GOP?
« on: May 27, 2022, 05:03:38 pm »
Hi Roderick,

This might fall under NDA, but can you comment on the stability of vefi.sys as opposed to vsvga.sys?

Off Topic discussions / Re: Slowing Down But Not Hitting the Brakes
« on: May 12, 2022, 10:25:08 pm »
Anyone that had a hand in your making is a fantastic human being in my books, Martin. Sincerest condolences for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: May 07, 2022, 08:12:30 am »
Hi Martin

Joop's OS/2 site went down shortly after the last post he made on his profile...

Off Topic discussions / Re: Russia attacked Ukraine
« on: March 21, 2022, 08:48:24 am »
Does a thread like this need to exist in a forum like this? Especially in the General Discussion section of all places.

We were very good to suppress excessive discussion of US politics during the 2020 elections, let's do the same again and get back to what this website is actually about.

Programming / Re: i686 vs Pentium 4
« on: March 06, 2022, 08:57:29 am »
Hi Dave.

Like a lot of us here, I daily OS/2 on modern hardware for whatever tasks are still possible, so I am in complete agreement with you. In BitWise's defence, switching to a more modern infrastructure would likely be at a cost of much more labour in the short-run.

In spite of that, I'm sure the majority of us can agree it's still a serious necessity given that we're stuck to operating within 32bit memory limitations in a browser-oriented 64bit world. It's just impractical for us to be giving up precious memory in favour of sticking with an outdated and inefficient architecture. 32bit x86 consumer processors (primarily in netbooks) still exist and sell despite increasing resource demands from web browsers and other programs, simply because of how CPU instruction sets can cut down on processing overhead, it feels foolish for us to not take advantage of it.

Despite the possibility of our much loved and anticipated browser releasing sooner as a result of sticking to Netburst, it won't be a lasting success by any stretch if we cannot keep up with these demands in whatever ways we can/should.

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