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General Discussion / Re: hobbes down
« on: July 09, 2021, 10:14:23 pm »
It is also back up here in France.

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General Discussion / hobbes down
« on: July 09, 2021, 05:53:45 am »
Has someone overloaded the hobbes site?  I keep on getting a 'failure to make secure connection' message.

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It appears to be very similar to my HL-3170cdw which uses the BR Script 3 postscript emulator so no need to complicated drivers - just use the PSprint driver with the SLPR port.

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Hardware / Re: Ryzen 7
« on: July 04, 2021, 06:56:11 pm »
As Matt says - very fast.  I have several Ryzen first gen based units, a couple of second gen based units and one third gen based unit. all working well, yes, they are desktop units I assembled.

One thing you should be aware of is the drive.  If it is a standard hard drive there should be no problems, if it is an MVME M2 and you want to boot from it you will need set that in the uefi bios.

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Applications / Re: Creating some apps RPM packages
« on: June 21, 2021, 09:28:03 pm »
I have never understood the reason for using RPM/YUM as an installer in OS/2/ArcaOS. 

We have a very good installer in WARPIN, it can find where older versions of programs are, make new directories and add them to the LIBPATH and PATH and so on.  I assume it was discarded because some people thought writing the install script was too much effort when they could dump everything in the same directory - not a good idea.

I too do not update my install unless it is something I can download and install myself.  The last time I opened the yum package manager (had to look up what it is called) was when we were told about the QT5 port - couldn't find a full runtime so gave up looking.

All my tools are in subdirectories of the 'tools' directory, likewise utilities.  Those two directories are stored on my NAS boxes and get copied over to any new install of OS/2 / ArcaOS and I will continue doing so as long as they work on my computers, I have had to drop a couple of utilities because the MMRE driver does not communicate lan speed and throughput in a form the programs expect.

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I think we need to establish some baseline parameters for this problem first.

1)  Where are these JFS partitions - on the ArcaOS virtual drive or the win 7 hard disk?
2)  How did you create and format the JFS partitions considering that windows knows nothing about JFS partitions and will not see them?
3)  Assuming you intend using the JFS partitions to transfer information between ArcaOS and win 7  how do you propose doing that when win 7 does not see JFS partitions?
4)  Are you going to write a JFS file system driver to allow win7 to see and read JFS formatted partitions?
5)  You do realise that the 'shared folders' option in vBox additions requires the host OS to be able to see and interact with the selected file system?  It is not a translation layer to convert file systems.

Sorry if this seems hard but you must realise that vBox is limited to what the host system can see and read/write when transferring data between host and client.  Even if you use a large plugin USB drive to transfer data both the host OS and guest OS must be able to read the formatted drive.

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I think you have found one of the problems using vBox on windows.  Windows knows nothing about disk formats other than NTFS and Win32 so any disks you format as JFS are meaningless as far as windows is concerned and can't be seen.

If you want a real partition on your win box to allow sharing between win and OS/2 in vBox you should use a win32 formatted partition.

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As it stands this whole question of the number of users should be considered as a marketing exercise.  That should provide a greater incentive for those porting programs.

The last time I looked at the Netlabs RPM repository (using one of my Linux boxes) the bulk of the items there were things I will never be interested in (programming languages and libraries) rather than the things I am interested in (example: a full QT5 runtime environment that fits in one directory like the QT4 runtime and 'just works' - the QT4 was a superb effort, the QT5 appears to have fallen apart by concentrating on parts of the runtime rather than the whole [sorry if that upsets anyone but that is the way I see it]). 

As I said, consider the whole thing as a marketing exercise, find out what 'we the users' really want, not what we have to put up with.

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Setup & Installation / Re: A question of fonts
« on: June 14, 2021, 02:09:15 am »
As Dave says it is a PS printer font usually distributed with postscript printers.  It will generally appear in the XWorkplace fonts section but that doesn't guarantee it will display in a browser or other OS/2 programs.

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Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: June 13, 2021, 05:47:35 pm »
Hi Martin,

I get the impression that you are your own worst enemy regarding Hobbes. (I am assuming it is you that is adding all the ancient drivers/programs for which there is no hardware).

With all the old junk cluttering up incoming it is almost impossible to see any new input unless one is looking for a specific item.  Unfortunately, I can't see a simple way round the problem unless you can talk NMSU and the person that looks after the OS/2 section to create a 'incoming\archive' section where all the old drivers/programs can be posted to, so leaving 'incoming' clear for new material.

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Networking / Re: Arcamapper (SAMBA) loses connection
« on: May 28, 2021, 10:39:15 pm »
Double clicking on the icon representing the NAS drive and getting no response is generally due to the sleep settings of the NAS and which parts of the NAS go into sleep mode.  If it is just the disks that go into sleep mode they should start up reasonably quickly, if it is the OS plus the disks that sleep it takes rather longer.

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I agree that the future might be 64bit. But to be honest, for me I don't see any need for 64bit as long as i can do all i need to do with my "old" 32bit system. I am not a programmer and using my pc mainly for writing and organizing office stuff. What I try to say is, that it always depends what you need an OS for and what you expect from it. I really enjoy OS/2 since it is so very comfortable to work with it and i wouldn't want to miss it. And i am really happy that AN is doing a great job to keep it alive as an OS....

As you say a 64 bit version of OS/2 is a dream, I have to ask 'what advantage would a 64 bit OS have over a 32 bit one for everyday usage?'

Like andreas I use OS/2 tor writing and editing of manuscripts, yes, I can do that on one of my Linux boxes but not as easily and it still takes the same length of time.  Also there are times when I see memory problems because the modern motherboards and uefi bios are set up for windows only and don't play well with any other OS - since I will not use windows I have learned to live with those quirks.  Even my MSI B550-A Pro board wit a third gen Ryzen processor runs OS/2(ArcaOS) on the bare metal, just wish MSI had better memory management.

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Applications / Re: theseus 4.001 trap in usbmon
« on: May 24, 2021, 11:02:32 am »
No problem with any of my AMD processor units.  Maybe the trap is processor based since roberto, Dave and Martin are using Intel CPUs while Andreas and myself use AMD units.

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Hi Greggory,

Other than wanting to use your old Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield CPU is there any compelling reason for using an Intel CPU for your new unit?

I gave up on Intel years ago in the days of the 486 processor and now use AMD units exclusively in any computer I build.  My latest unit is based on the MSI B550-A PRO board with an AMD Ryzen third gen processor with built in graphics which works very well with the latest ArcaOS.  Unless you insist on Intel processors I would recommend that you give AMD a try.

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Hi Martin,

Looking at Hobbes incoming, it appears the first thing should be the opening of a new subsection of the archive called something like 'ancient software' that could have subsections of 'drivers', 'utilities' and so on.  My reasoning for that is someone new to OS/2 will not be deluded into thinking the old drivers will work on new hardware and conversely, someone with very old hardware would have a better hope of finding things that will work.

Your idea of creating a total backup of the OS/2 section is excelent but it should be ready to take over at a moments notice should the NMSU authorities decide to close that section down.

All of us should be very thankful that the University has kept the OS/2 section going but we shouldn't expect them to keep it up for ever.   

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