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Internet / Do little QT donations matter?
« on: December 13, 2020, 09:10:15 am »
I read on this old post about donations to the browser project that small donations are not good enough (the response from Roderick),1726.msg18671.html

I get it's a huge project but I find that sentiment discouraging.. since I probably can only make small donations now.
Maybe if my business takes off I can make more - but not sure if I should bother now since it would just be a drop in the bucket.

Your opinions welcome:)

Internet / Any updates on the Falcon QT browser?
« on: February 29, 2020, 05:43:18 am »
Just curious if anyone has heard anything. Still being worked on?

Internet / netdrive question
« on: February 29, 2020, 05:15:10 am »
I'm considering purchasing netdrive for sftp connections.
Does anyone know if it keeps the connection live with the shortcut - or does it disconnect but if you click the shortcut it reconnects?
I would prefer the later since not sure it's good to stay connected when i'm not using it.. waste of bandwidth/load on my internet.

Applications / Is the Arca Noae update service worth it?
« on: February 21, 2020, 09:56:11 am »
Just curious , for those that have ECS or ArcaOS - do you think the update service offered by Arca Noae is worth paying?
Not sure myself - it cost per year almost the half the price of the initial license.  And if your initial install is working smoothly as is, not sure if you really need constantly updated drivers etc.
But I do admit the yum package server is really convenient and it is supporting future development.

General Discussion / Well I bite the bullet and purchased ArcaOS.
« on: February 19, 2020, 10:49:45 am »
Just bought it a few days ago. And I have a thinkcentre on the way which i'm going to give it a go to install natively.
Will be fun to see what has changed.

General Discussion / Future death of the personal computer?
« on: February 15, 2020, 12:18:36 pm »
I live in a fairly poor city and the majority of people don't have computers and just use their phones now.
I personally can't imagine life without a PC - as much as I like my android phone.
And then it got me thinking, that if the PC becomes more and more a niche item, manufacturers will stop making things like hard drives and part replacement could become an issue.. Same with open source software - the only thing that makes it sustainable is a lot of people using computers and a lot of people who care to code for it.
I just hope the parts last long enough for me to keep using them.

I was just thinking that most of the big tech companies often start serving consumers but eventually focus all on enterprise.
IBM used to be on the forefront of consumer technology (although I realize they have always been kings of enterprise too), but now they are pretty much completely irrelevant to consumers.  Microsoft also dominated the consumer world, and now are losing relevance with consumers and moving to the enterprise focus - same thing with BlackBerry.
You have to wonder if it will be Google next to follow that path.

I guess it's just were the easy money is?

Networking / OS/2 File sharing with a windows server or windows workgroups.
« on: February 14, 2020, 09:50:30 am »
Below is a long post I had posted on the old forum about how to connect OS/2 networking with windows (either workgroups or domains).
I was looking for it for my own reference but couldn't find it - and realized it was on the old forum.

So posted it here if it's helpful to anyone, including me   ;D

Also this was written with the networking tools included with ECS and older Windows - not sure if this has drastically changed with ArcaOS and the newer Windows 8/10.

I haven't actually tested connecting an ecs machine yet to my office 2003 server via workgroup. I have connected my ecs machine to a windows 2000 server via workgroup however, so I think it should be about the same.. and I have connected several macs & XP home machines to my office 2003 server via workgroup with similiar methods so combining my knowledege I THINK this should work for you or at least get you going in the right direction-

I believe this is the default setup for windows 2003 servers: (or at least this is how we have managed to set it up at my workplace) A normal domain is something like, which the domain computers connect to for full active directory access. But we have some computers in the office (such as windows xp home and mac machines) that do not have the ability to connect to the domain and can only have peer-to-peer workgroup access.  In such cases they login as a workgroup, with the workgroup name domainnamenet instead (so basically take whatever your domain name is and remove the . to get your workgroup name).

On the Windows 2003 server side you would-
(1) In the servers tcp/ip settings you would want to allow netbios over tcpip. I think this is already setup on all windows systems by default, unless an admin turned it off, so you might want to just leave things as they are and test if it works before changing things :).

(2) The shared folders on the server that "workgroup" computers can access have to be given read/write permissions set to allow "Everyone" to work (or just read permissions if you don't want to write). If the folder only has access to specific domain users, I think you would be locked out.

(3) Windows requires some registry changes to allow networking to work with ECS. This is a change I needed to make on windows to connect to a win2k server:
For W$ 5.0 you need SP4 (and for W$ 5.1 SP1). Additionally, you have to
add a registry setting:

| 1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
| 2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
|    \Services\lanmanworkstation\parameters
| 3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD.
| 4. Type EnableDownLevelLogOff, and then press ENTER.
| 5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
| 6. Type 1, and then click OK.;EN-US;323582
There might be others that you need for windows 2003 unfortunatly that I am not aware of.

(4) On any Windows Guest macines or other Windows machines on your LAN, make sure you go into regedit and search for all entries of LMANNOUNCE and change the values from 0 to 1 which will make that macine show up on the NET VIEW command or on the network browsers for both Windows and OS/2

On the ECS/os2 machine you would:
(1) You need to make sure "netbios over tcpip" is added to your network card. I believe ECS does this by default during installation if it auto detects your network card. If you set it up manually you can add it by running MPTS (located in the OS/2 System->System Setup folder). Just edit ethernet adapters. Click on your network card and click on "IBM NETBIOS OVER TCPIP" on the protocol list, and click "Add". You'll then see it appear under your network card in the bottom window as "0- IBM NETBIOS OVER TCPIP". You then click that entry and click "Change number" and enter a new number (as 0 is usually already used by another entry already under the network card, so change it to 1, 2, or 3 for example).

(2) On os2 & ECS you need to setup your network unique username and "workgroup" to be setup as the same as your windows 2003 server network workgroup.
To do so you run Local system>install/remove>Post Istallation. On the post installatio program there is a tab for network username and workgroup. Just enter something unique for the username (for example I used davidos2), a password, and then enter the workgroup for your windows 2003 server as I decribed above (such as domainnamenet).
Save the post installation task.

(3) If you did all of the above you should be able to now login via running local network/lan login (workgroup). It will prompt you for a username and password to login to the workgroup, just enter the username and password from step 2 above and click to login. Hopefully in a few seconds it will report that login was successful.
You then click to load "start file and print client" in the same networking program list (under local network) and wait for the file and print client to load up.

(4) You can now browse shared folders using the "file and print client browser" to view public folders on the other workgroup computers including the windows 2003 file server.
You can add a network drive letter by running local network/sharing and connecting. This will show all of the computers available on the workgroup, allowing you to browse for a specific folder and assign a drive letter.
You can also share any os/2 file folder to the rest of the windows computer now by right clicking on the folder you want to share and choose "properties". If you're logged on to you workgroup you can click on "Shares" and there you make the settings for sharing the specific folder (allow everyone access).

Hopefully the above is useful in some way :). I was pretty vague on some details so if anything is unclear feel free to ask for more.

Setup & Installation / eComStation 1.2R in Virtualbox
« on: February 14, 2020, 06:28:41 am »
Just curious if anyone has gotten ECS 1.2R working in VirtualBox.
Iv'e read a lot of old posts, some saying it's not possible and others seem to hint they did it successfully.

The host is Suse Enterprise Desktop Linux 15 with VirtualBox 6.2.1
I'm sure I will experiment with it either way but just curious.


Marketplace / Ecomstation 2.1 Home & Student for Sale for discount
« on: March 06, 2016, 08:17:53 am »
Hey Everyone,
I have a license of Ecomstation 2.1 Home & Student for sale for a discount here:

Will accept offers too.


Applications / Virtualbox
« on: March 02, 2015, 06:55:55 am »
Is this the latest version of vitualbox that runs on ECS?:

Does anyone know if shared networking is supported on it yet - meaning browsing the web over the VM.
I assume usb is still not supported.

According the the documentation there is issues with:
  - Host interface networking.
  - Internal networking.
  - USB proxying.

But i'm not sure if they mean networking and usb are completely not working, or have they made progress?


Just curious.. I just read the press release that they acquired serenity.. so does that mean they now own ecomstation too, meaning they are completely in charge of the ECS product?

Applications / ecenter ecomcenter minimize window question
« on: September 25, 2013, 06:41:38 am »
So the ecomcenter has a "minimize all windows" widget built into it, which isn't in the ecenter by default.
I prefer the ecenter otherwise, so does anyone know if there is a way to add that to the ecenter? Sometimes I have a ton of windows open so it would be nice to be able to click one button to clear everything and get to the desktop.

Thanks for the info :)

Applications / Any developments with Virtualbox?
« on: September 25, 2013, 03:45:40 am »
Does any anyone know if there has been any developments on the virtualbox bounty?:

I donated to it years ago -and haven't been paying much attention so I was just wondering if anyone has been working on it.

Communication / Good java sftp client?
« on: September 25, 2013, 03:36:39 am »
I've been using an older version of mucommander as my sftp client for a while now. It's good but pretty buggy, meaning sometimes it crashes when loading and sometimes it crashes while i'm using it.
So i've been searching for a more stable java sftp client and just wondering if anyone else has had more luck with any?

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